Abrader, Sandstone; Unknown maker; 1250-1900; RI.MA80


Abrader, Sandstone

About this object

An abrader made from buff coloured sandstone. It has a broken surface along one edge which gives it a unique appearance, it also has angled use wear facets. Stone tool specialist, the late Russell Beck did not identify the probable source of stone for this abrader.

Sandstone is a clastic sedimentary rock composed mainly of sand-sized silicate grains. Most sandstone is composed of quartz or feldspar because they are the most resistant minerals to weathering processes at the Earth's surface.

Abraders were used for sharpening stone tools such as ripi (knives) and toki (adzes).


Unknown maker

Maker Role


Date Made


Place Made

Oceania, Aotearoa New Zealand

Place Notes

Stone tool specialist, the late Russell Beck did not identified the probable source of stone for this abrader.

Medium and Materials

inorganic, stone, sandstone

Inscription and Marks

Written in black ink directly on surface: 'MA80'


l 141 x w 71 x d 16 mm
173 g

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Subject and Association Description

The information in this record is based on the assessment of stone tool specialist, the late Russell Beck. Between October and December of 2012 Russell conducted a thorough assessment of the 520 stone and pounamu items in Te Hikoi’s Taoka/Taonga Māori collection and produced a detailed report for each taoka. The report for this [ABRADER] was used to inform the stone type and source, and condition stated in this record.

Object Type

taoka/taonga, stone tools

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