Pair of Early Native Tribal Ceremonial Adze


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  • €1,580 Euro
  • $1,867 US Dollar


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Pair of Early Native Tribal Ceremonial Adze

An adze is a cutting tool similar to an axe but with a cutting edge perpendicular to the handle rather than parallel. Prehistoric Māori adzes from New Zealand, used for wood carving, were made from nephrite (also known as jade) in the South Island. In the North Island they were commonly made from greywacke or basalt. At the same time on Henderson Island, a small coral island in eastern Polynesia lacking any rock other than limestone, natives may have fashioned giant clamshells into adzes
These two adzes are made of a wooden shaft and both decorated with carved abstract motives. They end in an axe-like tool at the top. The two parts if the adzes are held together by a leather cloth and mud. One has a shaft is made out of two shades of wood. The bottom half starts with a more reddish and light brown shade and is decorated with abstract motives covering the handle. The upper part of the shaft is less round and is not decorated, but rather smooth. The color is dark brown. The other has monochrome shaft in light brown. The condition of both adzes is still very good.


  • H: 42cm (16.54in)
  • W: 15cm (5.91in)
  • D: 5cm (1.97in)



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For COLLECTIT! by SPECTANDUM owner Guy Kuypers, the history of his collecting began at the Porte de Clignancourt in Paris with a Napoleon III case filled with Exotic Birds. The colorful birds piqued my imagination and became the beginning of a passion for Natural History, Ethnography, European Works of Art, Antiquities and Curiosities that drive me on all continents, looking for fascinating and rare objects. Whether they are natural or man-made, all have an interesting story to tell.

So, it is finally in this spirit that the collection, which encompasses Natural History, Tribal Art, Paintings, Sculptures and Curiosities from many cultures and periods in history finds its rationale and its roots.

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