About this object

An adze blade in dark grey-brown stone, possibly sandstone-greywacke, with a slightly asymmetrical outline and rounded quadrangular cross-section. The butt is undifferentiated. The surfaces are ground, with remains of bruising on the back, front, butt and sides. The poll surface is bruised. The bevel is convex, and the chin straight/irregular. The cutting edge is curved. The front and back profiles are slightly convex.

The cutting edge is blunt with many small chips. There is a fracture on the blade front.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tools
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1895 before
  • 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
    5.5 x 1.9 x 12.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from FG Boileau in 1895.
  • Related people
    F G Boileau (Previous owner); Melbourne Museum (Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1895
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • F G Boileau

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1895
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Melbourne Museum

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