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.