About this object

An adze blade in dark grey stone with orange-brown patches, possibly weathering. The outline is asymmetrical and the cross-section rounded rectangular. The butt is undifferentiated. The surface is bruised and ground and polished. There are convex bevels on both front and back (the latter larger), and the chin lines are curved. The cutting edge is curved. The front and back profiles are convex.

The cutting edge is blunt. There are four grooves and four white ink crosses on the front edges (presumably from mounting in the past).

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: South Island: Nelson: Wakapuaka Cemetery
  • Date made
    Before 1940
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Hammered, bruised, ground, 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
    3.7 x 2.0 x 9.7 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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