Ceremonial Stone Adze Blade 10 (Dark Green)


A Ceremonial Stone Adze Blade 10 (Dark Green)

Period / Age: Papua New Guinea, Lake Sentani Area Late 19th - Early 20th Century AD

Provenance: London art market, 2000s

Stone and shell adze blades were traditionally used for wood carving.

The most highly prized material was chloromelanite, found in the Cycloop Mountains.
The extremely hard veined jade-like stones vary in colour according to the surrounding minerals, from pale to dark green, almost black.

The blades were mounted in wood hafts and were so effective that they were able to carve even the ironwood supporting posts of the chiefs’ dwellings.

CONDITION: Slightly chipped.