About this object

An adze blade in pale grey-brown stone with an asymmetrical outline and rounded quadrangular cross-section. The butt is undifferentiated. The surface is ground. The bevel is convex with no chin line. The cutting edge is straight. The front and back profiles are convex.

The cutting edge is sharp and chipped. There are old fractures on the back and one side.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: North Island: Waikato: Kāwhia Harbour
  • Date made
    1938 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Hammered, ground
  • 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 1.5 x 5.3 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from AW Smith in 1938.
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner); A W Smith (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1938
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • A W Smith

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1938
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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