About this object

An adze blade in pale grey stone with an asymmetrical outline. The cross-section is rounded rectangular. The butt is slightly reduced. The surface of the butt is bruised, the blade surface ground. The bevel is convex, with no chin line. The cutting edge is curved. The front and back profiles are convex.

The cutting edge is sharp, and slightly chipped. There are the remains of a label on the bevel.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: North Island: Gisborne: Poverty Bay
  • Date made
    1909 before
  • Materials
    Argillite; Technique: Hammered, bruised, ground
  • 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
    4.2 x 2.7 x 10.9 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Beasley from Mr F Floman, 11 December 1909.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); F Mr Floman (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1909-12-11
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • F Mr Floman

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1909-12-11
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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