About this object

An adze blade in dark grey stone with an asymmetrical outline and rounded and irregular rectangular cross-section. The butt is reduced at the front and one side. Most of the blade surface is ground, the rest flaked. The bevel is convex and the chin line oblique. The cutting edge is irregular and fractured. The front profile is slightly convex, the back concave.

The cutting edge is sharp in places and badly chipped. 'WAKAN AKA' (or possibly WAKAIUAKA') is written in pencil on the bevel.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Before 1940
  • Materials
    Argillite; Technique: Flaked, ground
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    3.0 x 2.0 x 8.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from GH Thiselton-Dyer in 1940.
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner); G H Thiselton-Dyer (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1940
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • G H Thiselton-Dyer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1940
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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