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The Stone Implements of the Maori

Toki Ao Maramara

page 151

Toki Ao Maramara

Among the Tuhoe Tribe all large adzes with only one prominent shoulder come under the generic term of toki ao maramara, whatever other names might be applied to them as items of divers minor classes. These were used for tarai purposes—that is, to adze down baulks of timber and put a good even surface thereon. The face of these adzes showed no shoulder or facet, but only the slight longitudinal curve or convexity. It is the common form of the Maori stone adze, and is sometimes called a toki tarai, or adzing toki.