This is a meré, a hand axe that is primarily decorative, ceremonial, and used in haka and dance performances by Maori people in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Historically, it was a weapon. It is sometimes also crafted out of pounamu (jade).
Maori carvings of New Zealand KahuroaKahungunu: Kahungunu was the ancestor of the Māori tribe Ngāti Kahungunu, and is seen here holding a hoe and a canoe paddle. The carving is part of the canoe house on Treaty grounds, Waitangi.
Tane Mahuta's Triumph (close up of painting) by Jane Crisp Size: x Media: Painting Type: Acrylic Style: Realism Theme: Maori Tane mahuta (God of the forest.) a majestic tree in the Waipoua - A forest in Northland new Zealand.
Mount Maunganui (an extinct volcano) in the north island city of Tauranga (settled by the Maori in the late 13 century) in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. Was independent from Tauranga until the completion of the Tauranga Harbour Bridge in