Toki (Adze); Unknown; Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland; RI.MA56
Toki (Adze)About this object
This is a very fine example of a hammer-dressed argillite stone adze. It has a hollow ground bevel and two horns on the poll. Toki were made in a variety of shapes and sizes, depending on the job at hand, and bound to a wooden shaft (a poutangata). An adze of this size and quality would have required a significant investment of time and a high level of craftsmanship.
Toki Poutangata of high quality were used on ceremonial occasions such as the felling of a great tree for a significant waka.
Russel Beck believed the argillite possibly came from the 'Green Hills' area in Southland.Subject and Association Keywords
inorganic, stone, argilliteMeasurements
h 55 mm x w 102 mm x d 420 mm