Toki, Stone

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Toki; a large stone toki (adze), weighing approximately 4.75kg. It is designed for heavy work such as felling trees. This adze was found by Mr John Clark while he was ploughing a paddock on his Waikana farm, near Mataura in 1957. Stone tool specialist, Russell Beck assessed the toki in March 2015 and advised that it is made from Argillite from the Greenhills area near Bluff. The stone is technically known as altered volcanic microbreccia. The adze is unfinished, it is hammer dressed all over. A portion of the bevel shows a start on cutting the angle back with course hammer dressing. The cutting edge stills shows the rough out stage as do several other areas of the adze. The butt has two horns and the overall style is a Duff 1A. It is designed to be lashed onto a wooden haft. This style of adze dates back to the first settlement period beginning in the 13th century, so it dates some time since that period. It is of a style that was developed in east Polynesia. The oxidised (weathered) surface suggests it was buried in the ground for a long time.


Some of the subjects related to it include domestic accessories, tools, maori, and Waikana.

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This item is all rights reserved, which means you'll have to get permission from Mataura Museum before using it.

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What can I do with this item?


You must always check with Mataura Museum to confirm the specific terms of use, but this is our understanding:

Non-infringing use

NZ Copyright law does not prevent every use of a copyright work. You should consider what you can and cannot do with a copyright work.

You may not copy and/or share this item with others without further permission. This includes posting it on your blog, using it in a presentation, or any other public use.

No modifying

You are not allowed to adapt or remix this item into any other works.

No commercial use

You may not use this item commercially.