Mangaia Ceremonial Adze with Wooden Blade
This Mangaia Adze is a bit of a mystery. The 33 3/4" tall piece looks like late 19th - early 20th Century carving and the wrapping appears to be native done due to the pattern but instead of sennit cord an old waxed trade cord was used that is natural fiber. The wooden blade has remnants of an old label on it's top side as well as some old tape residue from where someone tried to secure a now lost portion of the label at some time. The top of the piece measures 9 7/8" from the blade tip to the cord covered rear.
The carving is well done and the carver cleverly utilizes the negative space in the handle the entire length of it. There is some loss in the form of tiny chips here and there as well as some small areas where the handle's pigment/paint is rubbed but nothing serious.