This carving chisel has a greenstone blade, slightly flared at the edge. It is bound with muka (flax fibre) in two places to a wooden handle. Soon after the arrival of Europeans in New Zealand, greenstone tools like this were replaced by metal carving tools, which were more effective and easier to make.
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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
Reference: AM 2579
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