This is a very old Massim Area adze and is made of hardwood with what is likely and old steel barrel band for a blade. An adze can be a prestige item, they were carried or worn in the belt for adornment on special occasions such as sing-sing and Moka exchanges. An adze a cutting tool shaped somewhat like an axe that dates back to the stone age. It can be any tool with a sharp cutting edge. Adzes are used for smoothing or carving wood in hand woodworking, similar to an axe but with the cutting edge perpendicular to the handle. Some adzes such as this piece were considered ceremonial objects and very valuable to their owner. This adze is a stunning old piecw with estimated age of the piece between 1940’s to 1950’s. This piece is part of a wonderful collection amassed by this individual (who wishes to remain anonymous) and her husband over a 25 year period and brought back to Australia in the early 90's. Over 600 pieces in total.
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