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A Tokipoutangata, Ceremonial Chief’s Adze, Used To Invoke The Gods While Makin ...

A Tokipoutangata, Ceremonial Chief’s Adze, Used To Invoke The Gods While Makin ...

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Description: A tokipoutangata, ceremonial chief’s adze, used to invoke the gods while making the first chips of a canoe or house carving. The adze handle was a prominent symbol of each senior chief, being buried with him, while the blade would be passed on and fitted with a new handle by his successor. Country of Origin: New Zealand. Culture: Maori. Date/Period: 19th C. Material Size: Wood, greenstone. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ National Museum of New Zealand Wellington. Location: 03.

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