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
    Tools
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: South Island: Nelson: Wakapuaka Cemetery
  • Date made
    1940 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Hammered, bruised, ground, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • 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)

Ownership

Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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