About this object

An adze blade in grey stone with paler patches. The outline is asymmetrical and the cross-section is lenticular. The butt is undifferentiated and the poll is straight. The surface overall is very rough. The probable front surface appears to be flaked, and the back bruised. The bevel is straight, and the chin irregular. The cutting edge is curved. The front profile is irregularly concave, the back profile is convex. The front is wider than the back.

The cutting edge is blunt and chipped.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tools
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: South Island: Otago: Maniototo Plain
  • Date made
    1940 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Hammered, possibly flaked and bruised
  • 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
    5.3 x 2.2 x 6.7 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from GH Thiselton-Dyer in 1940, from Mr Murison.
  • Related people
    Mr Murison (Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner); G H Thiselton-Dyer (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

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

    Owned from: 1940
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Mr Murison

    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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