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18th – Early 19th Century
Size: 12.5cm high, 6.5cm wide – 5 ins high, 2½ ins wide
cf: An example in the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford collected by Captain Cook in 1777 also made from a disused Adze blade (1886.1.1167)
Sacred Adze were symbols of Maori chieftainship and therefore could not be given away even when the blade had become obsolete or damaged and disused. However, their power and ‘mana’ could be shared by placing a part of the greenstone in the care of another, but in a different form such as a Hei-Tiki.