About this object

An adze blade in dark grey stone, possibly sandstone-greywacke, with a slightly asymmetrical outline and a quadrangular cross-section. The butt is undifferentiated. The surface is bruised/ ground on the back, sides and butt, the rest of the surface is polished. The bevel is convex, the chin slightly oblique. The cutting edge is also slightly oblique. The front and back profiles are convex.

The cutting edge is sharp and slightly chipped.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1954 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Hammered, bruised, ground, polished
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    6.3 x 2.5 x 13.0 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: A typical 'late' adze, probably North Island (Nigel Prickett, March 1994).

    Acquired by Beasley from Blackmore Museum, 1 February 1931.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); Blackmore Museum (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Blackmore Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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