Black Argillite toki (adze); 1600's; New Zealand; 050-1920-911-0001

Name/Title

Black Argillite toki (adze)

About this object

Rectangular in shape, it has two smooth sides which form the blade edge and has a shaped handle, textured to aid gripping. Believed to be at least 400 years old and used by Maori for Moa hunting. Possibly also used for woodworking.


Approx. 1600’s



Date Made

1600's

Place Made

New Zealand

Subject and Association Keywords

Toki

Subject and Association Keywords

Adze

Subject and Association Description

Argillite is a found along the main axial ranges of the North and South Islands. Māori valued argillite’s strength, hardness and ability to hold a sharpened edge – which made it ideal for making tools (especially adzes).

Medium and Materials

argillite

Measurements

Height: 40mm
Width (at widest point): 65mm
Length: 220mm

Collection

Maori: Taonga Collection

Credit Line

Presented by Mrs E Sutherland, Lister House, Waimate.

Object Type

Toki

Object number

050-1920-911-0001

Copyright Licence  

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Adze
South island

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