Grusenmeyer-Woliner - Maori Chief's Adze


Ceremonial Maori adze
Shaped like an axe, it is a symbol of a chief’s authority and tribal leadership
Carved wood, greenstone, fiber
Maori, New Zealand
H 31 x W 38 cm
Provenance: collection Dr. Ralph Linton, New Haven, Connecticut; John J. Klejman, New York; collection Nelson A. Rockefeller, acquired on 22 March 1956; Museum of Primitive Art, New York, April 1967, donation of Nelson A. Rockefeller (permanent loan since August 1956), inv. n° 56-15; Parke Bernet Galleries, New York, 4 May 1967, n° 57; private collection, Belgium; private collection, Paris