About this object

An adze blade in dark green stone with an asymmetrical outline. The cross-section is quadrangular with straight, flat sides, and the front and back curved in section. The butt is undifferentiated. The surface is polished and there are signs of sawing on the sides. The bevel is convex, and the chin line is curved and oblique. The cutting edge is curved. The front profile is convex, the back straight.

The cutting edge is sharp. There are fractures on the poll, and along one side and the back.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: South Island: Canterbury
  • Date made
    Before 1909
  • Materials
    Nephrite; Technique: Sawn, ground, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    3.8 x 0.8 x 6.4 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Beasley from Mr F Floman, 18 December 1909.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); F Mr Floman (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1909-12-18
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • F Mr Floman

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1909-12-18
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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