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Lot 0181
**Originally Listed At $200**

Oceania, Papua New Guinea, Sepik River Basin, Iryan Jaya region, ca. 19th century CE. A wood and reed instrument used for shaping wood such as carvings and dugout canoes with a smooth and sharpened stone carving bit bound to the end. Adze like these are traditionally given as gifts and are widely used throughout Papua New Guinea for all manner of crafting and carving projects. Size: 10.375" L x 2" W x 20" H (26.4 cm x 5.1 cm x 50.8 cm).

Provenance: ex-private Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA collection

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Minor loosening to reed bindings, with age marks and cracks to wooden handle. Stone bit has minor use-related wear and chips to either side of sharpened end.

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Early Iryan Jaya Papua New Guinea Stone Adze

Estimate $200 - $300Aug 27, 2018