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Object: Toki pounamu (nephrite adze blade)

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Title Toki pounamu (nephrite adze blade)
Production Unknown (stonemason), 1500-1820, New Zealand
Materials kawakawa
Classification adzes, toki, hand tools, blades
Technique lapidary
Dimensions Overall: 278mm (Length) x 93mm (Width) x 30mm (Depth)
Registration number ME002040
This is a good example of a greenstone adze blade in production. Friction was the most common method used to cut out an adze blade, sawing with stone cutters, hard quartzite sand and water. This was known as kanioro (to rub back and forth). Once the adze balde had been cut from the block it would then be finished and polished using different grades of sandstone and water until finished.

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