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Early 20th C. Papua New Guinea Greenstone Adze - Large!

Oceania, Western Papua New Guinea, Lake Setani area, ca. early 20th century CE. A beautiful adze blade of a substantial size, hand-carved from a mottled emerald-green stone with both light and dark inclusions. The tool has a conical attachment end, a slender body with tapered faces, and a sharpened ovoid blade edge. Both faces are incredibly smooth to the touch, likely resulting from a meticulous polishing process. Blades like this would have been attached to the top of a lengthy wooden pole by winding thin reed bands around the shaft and the handle's attachment point. Used to carve or smooth wooden items, adzes have been used for thousands of years by countless ancient cultures. Adze blades made from high-quality material like this example are traditionally given as gifts and are widely used throughout Papua New Guinea for all manner of crafting and carving projects. Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 2.375" W x 11.125" H (6 cm x 28.3 cm); 12.5" H (31.8 cm) on included custom stand.

For an example of how stone blades were attached to wooden adze handles, please see the Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 1979.206.1526: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/313715

Condition: Small chips along blade edge, and light roughness across both faces and along edge. Age-commensurate surface wear and abrasions as expected. Old inventory label on verso.

Provenance: private Newport Beach, California, USA collection

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