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
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: South Island: Southland: Takitimu Mountains
  • Date made
    Before 1909
  • 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
    5.0 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)


Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1909
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • E E Rev Montford

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1909
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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