About this object

An adze blade in dark grey stone, possibly sandstone-greywacke, with an asymmetrical outline and rounded rectangular cross-section. The butt is undifferentiated. The surface is polished but there are remains of bruising overall. The bevel is convex and there is no chin line. The cutting edge is slightly oblique. The front and back profiles are convex.

The cutting edge is sharp but slightly rounded.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1954 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Hammered, bruised, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    4.1 x 1.7 x 9.0 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: A typical 'late' adze, North Island (Nigel Prickett, March 1994).
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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