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Ko‘i

human history
  • Other Name

    Adze (English)

  • Description

    Ko‘i. Stone adze. Adzes were invaluable tools for Moana Pacific societies prior to the introduction of European tools and materials. They were made in a variety of sizes and shapes according to their required use. This ko‘i (adze) is presented in its complete form, worked from pōhaku (stone) into a long irregular shape. It is triangular in cross-section and has a curved profile. The blade reduces towards the poll with little differentiation apart from a raised shoulder.

    The front of the blade is smooth and somewhat polished while the sides and the poll are left flaked. The cutting edge is sharp with a curved, sloping bevel. The ko‘i is dark in colour.

  • Place
  • Accession Number
    1930.97
  • Accession Date
    1930
  • Other Id

    4727.1 (ethnology)

  • Department
adze, 1930.97, 4727.1, Photographed by Denise Baynham,… … Read more

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