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In 1974 Waikato Museum acquired a selection of items, including this axe, from Graham Jackson. Jackson was a New Zealand anthropologist who spent time living with and researching the Kopon and the Kalam people of the Lower Kaironk Valley in Papua New Guinea.

Traditional work axe for cutting trees etc. Used only by males.
On one side of the wooden handle at the top is a shaped wooden head and at the other an opening where the stone head slots between two pieces of wood. Stone head has become detached from handle. Top of axe is bound with natural fibre lashings.
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Wood and natural fibre handle with stone head.
Part 1 - 660 x 420 x 45mm - HxWxD
Part 2 - 263 x 110 x 27mm - LxWxD
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Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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