To’i

Description
This adze type, called to’i, was used to dress timber for canoes and houses. The haft is made from the hard casuarina wood and the basalt triangular-sectioned blade is bound to it with plaited coconut fibre. Polynesian islanders depended upon specialist carpenters for creating vessels that would enable them to conduct voyages.
This item was acquired during the second or third Pacific voyages of Captain James Cook.
Accession Loan No.
E1225
Collection Class
Tools for farm and craft
Common Name
to’i
Simple Name
adze
Full Name
hafted adze
Dimensions
whole length 465 mm; whole width 161 mm
Production Year Low
1773
Production Year High
1777
Production County
Tahiti, Society Islands
Production Country
French Polynesia (Overseas Collectivity of France)
Production Area Region
Polynesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Family Group

Material
basalt; plaited coconut fibre (sennit)
Collection Country
French Polynesia (Overseas Collectivity of France)
Collection Area Region
Polynesia
Collection Continent
Oceania

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