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Adze Haft

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Object Number:P3193
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: New Zealand
Credit Line:Purchased from the J. C. Stevens Auction Rooms, 1912
Other Number:61 - Dealer's Number


Adze handle, elaborately carved. Dealer's label: "Toki poutongata." Figure facing back, domed head, tongue being attacked by head of Manaia. Stone tool work, northern style. Purchased at auction from J. C. Stevens, London, on April 16, 1912. The catalogue description reads as follows: "Toki Poutangata, a most beautiful specimen of carved handle for war adze. These implements had long Pounamu blades fastened to them, and were decorated with red feathers of the Kaka, and long yellow hair of the Maori dog. They were carried only by chiefs of high rank, and were regarded as insignia of importance. They are most highly prized by the Maori."


[Catalogue] Simmons, D. R. 1982. Catalogue of Maori Artefacts in the Museums of Canada and the United States of America.. Auckland. Bulletin of the Auckland Institute and Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pl. 241View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Wardwell, Allen. 1967. The Sculpture of Polynesia.. The Art Institute of Chicago. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 93View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Hall, Henry U. 1920. "Maori Wood Carving and Moko". The Museum Journal. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 11. no. 4. pg. 212-244 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 236View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Auction] 16 Apr 1912. MAORI Weapons, Implements, Ornaments, Robes to be sold at the Auction Rooms of Mr. J. .C. STEVENS.. London. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 14, No. 10 (bottom) and p. 15 (Lot 61a)View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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