A crude crescent-shaped mata’a. This was not used as a weapon but a scraping and cutting tool. Many mata’a were made from obsidian and were designed to be multi-purpose tools.

Object Summary

Museum Number 21/1913
Simple Name cutting blade
Full Name cutting blade
Common Name blade
Production country Chile
Material wood; ?flint; fibre
Collection class Tools for farm and craft
Collection continent Pacific
Collection area/region POLYN
Production county Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
Production continent Latin America and the Caribbean
Production year high 1913
Function name tool