About this object

An adze blade in pale grey stone, probably sandstone-greywacke. It has an asymmetrical outline and irregular quadrangular cross-section, so that it is slightly twisted along its length. The butt is reduced at the front and sides. The butt surface is bruised, the blade surface ground. The bevel is convex with no chin line. The cutting edge is curved to form a tang. The front and back profiles are convex.

The cutting edge is sharp and badly chipped. There are the remains of labels on front and back.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tools
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: South Island: Southland: Takitimu Mountains
  • Date made
    1909 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Hammered, bruised, ground
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    5.0 x 3.0 x 20.2 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from Reverend EE Montford in 1909.
  • Related people
    E E Rev Montford ( Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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