About this object

An adze blade in dark-grey stone with an asymmetrical outline and a rounded rectangular cross-section. The butt is undifferentiated. The poll is oblique with a straight top. The surface is ground, where not fractured. The bevel is convex, and there is no chin line. The cutting edge is curved. The front and back profiles are convex.

The cutting edge is sharp. There are fractures on the sides and the poll, and abrasion marks on the front.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: South Island: Otago: Otago Harbour
  • Date made
    1930 before
  • Materials
    Sandstone Greywacke; Technique: Hammered, ground
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    5.6 x 1.5 x 15.3 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum at Stevens' Auction Rooms, 16-17 September 1930, Lot 542 (Mr Webb).
  • Related people
    Stevens (Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1930-09-17
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Stevens

    Owned from: 1930-09-17
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1930-09-17
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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