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Object: To’i ma’a (hafted adze)

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Title To’i ma’a (hafted adze)
Classification adzes
Dimensions Overall: 305mm (Length) x 245mm (Width) x 55mm (Depth)
Credit line Gift of James B. Fleck, 1919
Registration number FE001540

Description
This to'i ma'a (hafted adze) is from Samoa. It consists of a rough stone adze blade lashed to a wooden handle with plaited sennit (coconut husk fibre) cord.

Usage
To'i ma'a like this were used for woodworking purposes, such as building canoes and carving and shaping wooden bowls and other household items.

Acquisition
This to'i ma'a was collected by Captain J B Fleck of New Zealand Expeditionary Force when stationed in Samoa around 1917.

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