About this object

An adze or axe blade in grey stone with a slightly asymmetrical outline and a rounded rectangular cross-section. The poll is also rounded. There are two depressions on each face, their surfaces and the poll bruised, the other surfaces ground. There are two bevels, equal in size and both and convex with no chin lines. The cutting edge is curved. One profile is convex, the other concave.

The cutting edge is blunt. There are four grooves and four white ink crosses on the convex face.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tools
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1940 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Hammered, bruised, ground
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    5.4 x 3.4 x 13.4 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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