Ceremonial Adze


From: Cook Islands | Mangaia

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number P4858
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Mangaian
Provenience Cook Islands | Mangaia
Date Made 19th Century
Section Oceanian
Materials Plaster | Wood | Plant Fiber
Technique Carved

Pedestal adze. Blade (plaster?) lashed to top of an elaborately carved four-sided pedestal. Lashings broken and mended, partly missing. One corner of base deeply cracked at top. Non-functional, elaborately decorated pedestal adzes, which appeared following the introduction of metal tools, were produced for trade.

Height 43 cm
Width 17 cm

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