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rs often in the Egyptian painting and sculpture, and was the principal tool in ancient Egypt for fashioning articles of wood.
Its blade was of bronze and the handle of tamarisk.
The Roman adze (ascia) is shown on many ancient monuments.
Some have a rounded edge, some a straight.
It was then, as now, a ship-builder's tool.
The acisculus had a similar rounded head, but was a stone-mason's tool, having a square face and pointed peen.
Among many of the West India Islanders adzes and axes of shell were used.
When it was procurable they were made of flint; this was worked into the shape of a tool and attached by sinews or cords to a helve, or fastened to a withe (see axe), or, as in Figs. 39, 40, the cutting material of shell, flint, or obsidian was lashed to a stock.
Metal superseded the other materials in most parts of the world, but many barbarous nations of America and Polynesia yet make their weapons of the material generally discarded at a ve