About this object

An adze blade in dark grey stone, with an asymmetrical outline and a rounded quadrangular cross-section. The butt is undifferentiated. The surfaces of the poll and back are bruised, the rest ground and polished. The butt is rounded. The bevel is concave, and the chin curved. The cutting edge is curved and oblique. The front profile is convex, the back slightly concave on the blade, convex (tapering) on the butt.

The cutting edge is sharp. There is a slight fracture on the bevel.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tools
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1866 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Hammered, bruised, 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
    7.7 x 2.1 x 16.5 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: A typical 'late' North Island adze (Nigel Prickett, March 1994).

    Acquired by Beasley from Artillery Museum, Woolwich, 1932, from AF Pickard, 1866.
  • Related people
    Artillery Museum (Previous owner); Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); A F Pickard (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1932
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Artillery Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1932
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • A F Pickard

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1866
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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