About this object

An adze blade in grey stone, mottled brown and green, possibly argillite, with an asymmetrical outline. The cross-section is rounded and asymmetrical. The butt is undifferentiated. The surfaces of the poll and side edges are bruised, the other surfaces ground and polished. The bevel is convex, the chin is curved and oblique but not very distinct. The cutting edge is curved. The front and back profiles are convex.

The cutting edge is sharp and fractured. Then poll is fractured. There are the remains of a label on the front.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1911 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
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    5.0 x 2.5 x 11.5 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Beasley from WF Greenwood and Sons, 9 June 1911.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Beasley ( Previous owner); Greenwood W F and Sons ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1911-06-09
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Greenwood W F and Sons

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1911-06-09
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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