Argillite adze; Unknown; Unkown; CR2021.043.9
Argillite adzeAbout this object
Argillite adze. A very large and impressive Type 1A adze (after Duff 1956)* in Archaic or early East Polynesian style. It is manufactured from metasomatized argillite. Early Maori accessed and quarried sources of this fine-grained stone, which was highly sought after for tool making, from the Nelson area and D’Urville Island and from Riverton in Southland. The adze is of quadrangular cross section with the grip for hafting formed by the angling of the butt. The front of the butt is hammer dressed to aid in binding to a wooden handle, with the sides of the butt polished and the back still showing flake scars with some hammer dressing. The front is smoothly ground as is the bevel and cutting edge on the back. There is some chipping and flaking damage on the cutting edge. The flaked back surface shows some smoothing caused by the rubbing of the stone against the wood of the haft. Used for woodworking, often in hollowing out of canoes, or cutting down large trees.
Tool makerDate Made
H 45mm x L 320mm x W 90mm.Subject and Association Keywords
From the Collection donated by the Paul Crump Family Trust, 7 April 2021Credit Line
From the collection of the Cromwell MuseumObject Type