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Predicate Object 16 Apr 1997 1997-04-16T00:00:00.000Z 1997-04-16T00:00:00.000Z 1997.18.4 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1997.18.4, 55230 Mangaia/Cook Islands 1997-06-05T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-03-04T03:55:02.560Z Cook Islands Akairo a te Taunga Pacific Collection Access Project 45 Ruatangaeo. Hafted adze. A polished toki (adze - trapezoidal in cross section) of toka kerekere (black basalt) lashed to a long, carved wooden haft with a squared pedestal base. Top of the haft carved out to accommodate the fitting of the toki. Lashing of puru akari (braided coconut sennit) of a fine flat iri taki toru (3-ply braid) lashed on to the top of the haft to secure the toki, with a piece of shark skin between the lashing and the toki acting as a gasket. Finely carved surface decoration applied to the entirety of the wooden haft consisting of repeated triangular and 'K-form' motifs (signature Mangaian carving motif). Lashing is natural in colour. Carved wooden haft natural brown in colour. Ruatangaeo
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