About this object

An adze or axe blade in pale yellow-grey and pink-banded stone. The outline is asymmetrical and the cross-section rounded rectangular. The butt is undifferentiated. The poll is rounded. The surface ground. There is a long irregular depression on one face. There are two bevels, one on the front and on the back, equal in size and both convex. There are no chin lines. The cutting edge is curved. Both profiles are convex.

The cutting edge is blunt. There are four grooves and four white ink crosses on the face without the depression.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1940 before
  • Materials
    Lava; Technique: Hammered, 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
    5.2 x 3.5 x 14.00 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from GH Thiselton-Dyer in 1940.
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner); G H Thiselton-Dyer (Previous owner)


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
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