18TH C. FIJIAN STONE ADZE/ IVI NUT CRACKER "Matauniivi"
Origin: W. Polynesia, Fiji (Provenance: Ex. Norman Hurst, Cambridge Massachusetts, 30 years ago)
Period/Date: 18th century
Materials: hardwood, stone, sennit coir
Description: This piece is not actually an adze but is more precisely an "ivi" chestnut cracker "matauniivi". It was used by women to crack open ivi nuts. These were important heirlooms passed on in chiefly families from mother to daughter. It is all original and the most pure example I've seen. Its surface and patina is amazing. The quality of the hafting is outstanding! The sennit is ancient and worn and has firmly secured the stone blade all this time. In excellent condition with some tiny knot holes on the shaft. Its stone has a rich polish with no chips, having a grey-green color. Presented on a custom metal stand.
Dimensions: Height 13 5/8" (35 cm), Length 9.75" (8 cm), Overall Width 2.25" (6 cm)
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