About this object

An adze blade in grey stone with darker lines, weathering to pale brown. The outline is asymmetrical and the cross-section quadrangular. The butt surface is flaked and bruised, most of the blade is polished. The bevel is flat and the chin line oblique. The cutting edge is straight. The front profile is convex, the back convex, with an angle between the flaked and polished areas.

The cutting edge is sharp and there is a sharp-edged fracture on the poll. There are the remains of a label on the front.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1926 before
  • Materials
    Argillite; Technique: Flaked, bruised, polished
  • 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
    3.5 x 1.8 x 9.8 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: Early type (Chris Jacombe, March 1994).

    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from WG Clarke in 1926.
  • Related people
    W G Clarke (Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1926
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • W G Clarke

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1926
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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