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Adze

Museum number:
18-1101
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21180001101
Accession number:
Acc.3313
Object count:
1
Description:
Adze; woodworking tool. Handle: wood(”kayu belimbing,” “Averrhoa bilimbi” Linn.); shank: wood (”jerin tupai”) (”Pithecellobium microcarpum,” Benth); blade: steel; tie: rattan (”rotan tunggai”). Handle, round, wider at top, 83 cm. long; large split at top of handle. Shank, L-shaped. Blade, approximately 16 cm. long. Iron blade purchased in market, usually made by Chinese blacksmiths, but occasionally by Malays. Used for felling trees and shaping wood planks, especially in the manufacture of boats. Like an axe or adze (blade can be rotated to an angle). Handle in two pieces, the handle (”purdah”) and the shank (”sangul”). Before axes became common as trade item this tool was extensively used, presently used only for special purposes like shaping beams and boats. Made by men. Cost in U.S. dollars: 5.33.
Donor:
Donald H. Lambert and University Appropriation
Collection place:
Kampung Pesagi, Pahang, Malaysia
Culture or time period:
Malaysian
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
1.6 Manufacturing, Constructing, Craft, and Professional Pursuits
Department:
Cat. 18 - Malaysia (incl. Indonesia, excl. Philippine Islands)
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