Huge 18th C. Maori Stone Fern Root Pounder, New Zealand
Origin: Eastern Polynesia, New Zealand Maori people. Provenance: Ex. Mark Blackburn (Mauna Kea Gallery HI)
Period: 17th-18th century
Materials: Basalt, Volcanic stone
Description: A large "tuki-muka" Stone mallet used for pounding fern roots. It weighs 6 lbs! Used for many generations. In good condition with a few natural voids. For a similar example, see Edge Partington, Ethnographical Album of Pacific Islands, series II page 232 no. 4.
Dimensions: Height 13.5” (34.5 cm), Width 2.75” (7 cm)