About this object

A hafted stone adze with a wooden handle and fibre binding. The haft has carved surface decoration with grooves (haehae) and ridges over half of its length and a face carved on the blade end, with grooves representing tattoos. There is a round hole through the base of the shaft. The wood is splitting in several places and the binding does not look original. The blade appears to be fixed the wrong way up, with the bevel at the top rather than underneath.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Not recorded
  • Materials
    Wood; Stone; Technique: Carved; bruised, ground
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    15.5 x 5.4 x 58.4 cm
  • Note
    This is either a tourist piece, made for sale, or a fake.
  • Related people


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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