Mangaian Pedestal Adze, Cook Islands
height 15 1/4in (39cm)
the openwork squared and slightly tapering base supporting a domed top inset with the stone adze wrapped tightly with a braided fiber cordage, the handle with intricately carved varying geometric designs; fine, aged and resinous, dark brown patina.
Private Collection, New Zealand
Cf. Kaeppler (2010: fig. 423)