The present adze bears a close resemblance to one in the British Museum, London (acc. no. Oc.7972; donated in 1873 by Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks), although that specimen lacks the hole which is pierced through the handle of the present adze. This hole suggests that a plaited cord with half a tiger cowrie shell, used as a scraper, was formerly attached. A similar attachment can be seen on a breadfruit splitter collected between 1821-1824 by the missionary George Bennet, formerly in the collection of James Hooper (Phelps, Art and Artefacts of the Pacific, Africa and the Americas, 1976, p. 117, pl. 59, no. 485).
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