About this object

An adze blade in dark-grey stone with an asymmetrical outline and an asymmetrical quadrangular cross-section. The poll is oblique. The butt is reduced on one side, and its edges are rounder there than on the other side. The surfaces of the poll and one side are bruised, the rest polished. 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 and chipped. There are fractures, probably old ones, on the poll, front and one side.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1906 before
  • Materials
    Argillite; 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
    4.5 x 2.3 x 11.9 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Beasley from (Mr?) Jenkins, 6 September 1906.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Beasley ( Previous owner); Jenkins ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1906-09-06
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Jenkins

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1906-09-06
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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