Adze

56.28.893

About this object

An adze or axe blade in grey stone with paler crystals. The outline is asymmetrical and the cross-section rounded rectangular. The butt is undifferentiated. The poll is oblique, and its surface bruised, the other surfaces are ground. There are two bevels, one on each side, and they are equal in size and convex. There are no chin lines. The cutting edge is curved. Both profiles are convex.

The cutting edge is blunt and chipped. The sides are scratched. There are four grooves with four white ink crosses and a label on one face. The label reads: 'The notches indicated by a white mark thus x were made with a file for the purpose of securing the [indistinct] by the person entrusted to mount the specimen. Feb 1870. Jos B Hooker'

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tools
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1870 before
  • Materials
    Porhyritic Lava / Gabbro?; Technique: Hammered, bruised, ground
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    5.0 x 3.0 x 12.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from GH Thiselton-Dyer in 1940, from Joseph D Hooker.
  • Related people
    Joseph Dalton Hooker (Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner); G H Thiselton-Dyer (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1940
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • G H Thiselton-Dyer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1940
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Joseph Dalton Hooker

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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