About this object

An adze blade in dark green stone, but not translucent. The outline is asymmetrical, the cross-section an asymmetrical lozenge. The poll is oblique. The blade surface is polished, and there is a ridge sawn along one side. The bevel is convex, with no chin line. The cutting edge is curved. The front profile is convex, the back straight.

The cutting edge is sharp. The poll is broken obliquely. The edge of the sawn ridge is broken.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tools
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: South Island: Canterbury
  • Date made
    1909 before
  • Materials
    Nephrite; Technique: Sawn, ground, 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
    5.0 x 1.5 x 5.4 cm
  • Note
    Beasley Notebook says 'Greenstone adze in an unfinished state'.

    Acquired by Beasley from Mr F Floman, 12 November 1909.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); F Mr Floman (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1909-12-18
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • F Mr Floman

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1909-12-18
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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