About this object

An adze or axe blade in grey-green stone with an asymmetrical outline and a rounded rectangular cross-section. The butt is undifferentiated. The poll is pointed. The surface ground and polished. There are two bevels, one on the back and one on the front, equal in size, convex, and with no chin lines. The cutting edge is curved. Both profiles are convex.

The cutting edge is blunt. There are four groove and remains of four white ink crosses on the front or back.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tools
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1940 before
  • Materials
    Lava; Technique: Hammered, 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
    3.3 x 1.3 x 7.7 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from GH Thiselton-Dyer in 1940, from Joseph D Hooker.
  • Related people
    Joseph Dalton Hooker (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
  • Joseph Dalton Hooker

    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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