About this object

An adze blade in dark grey stone, possibly argillite, with an asymmetrical outline and rounded rectangular cross-section. The butt is undifferentiated. The surfaces are ground with remains of bruising. There is no distinct bevel or chin. The cutting edge is curved and oblique. The front and back profiles are convex.

The cutting edge is blunt. There is an old fracture on the front and remains of two labels on the back.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Before 1933
  • 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
    6.0 x 2.7 x 15.2 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from Miss F Foster in 1933.
  • Related people
    F Miss Foster (Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1933
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • F Miss Foster

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1933
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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