Joe Loux. | Joe Loux offers a rare adze from Fiji, used for cracking "Ivi" nuts of the Tahitian chestnut tree.
Joe Loux presents a rare adze from Fiji in the South Pacific, Melanesia. The adze was used for cracking "Ivi" nuts from the Tahitian Chestnut. The tool would be offered as part of a bride's dowry. Joe Loux specializes in art of Melanesia and Oceania.
Melanesian art, South Pacific Art, Fiji art, Tribal art, Tribal sculpture, Ivi Nuts, Matau Niv Ivi, Adze with fiber, Fiji Adze
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Fiji Adze for Ivi Nuts (Matau Ni Ivi).

Early to mid-19th century
Wood, stone, coir, fibre
14″ (35.6 cm) x 8.5″ (21.6 cm) x 2″ (5 cm)
These tools were used for cracking the nuts of the Tahitian Chestnut. A Matau Ni Ivi would often be given to a prospective bride by her relatives as part of a dowry.
Price on request


6 October 2022