About this object

A tool in mid-green stone, with a polished surface. The outline is a long asymmetrical adze-shape. The cross-section is quadrangular, and irregular. There is a possible cutting edge at the bottom. The profile is leaf-shaped with pointed ends and a deep groove along each side. There are also several facets on the sides.

The possible cutting edge is blunt. The possible poll is fractured.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1926 before
  • Materials
    Nephrite; Technique: Sawn, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    2.0 x 1.7 x 7.2 cm
  • Note
    The Beasley Notebook entry says that this is a greenstone fragment in the process of being cut into two eardrops. From the Sir Wilfrid Peek collection, 18 November 1926.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Beasley ( Previous owner); Wilfrid Sir Peek ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1926-11-18
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Wilfrid Sir Peek

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1926-11-18
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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