Large Ceremonial Hafted Adze, Cook Islands
Wood, plant fiber, stone
length 33 3/4in (85.7cm)
Preserved Fish Deuel, Cambridge, New York (1783-1861)
Thence by descent
Private Collection, New York
Finely carved with hollowed interior on upper portion with vertical lines, the lower portion with horizontal bands, resting on a hollowed out base, the carved stone blade with a sharp edge finely inset into the socket on top and bound tightly with fine fiber cordage (some now missing); fine, dark-brown patina.