About this object

An adze blade in mottled grey-brown stone with an asymmetrical outline and a rounded quadrangular cross-section. The surfaces of the poll and three side edges are bruised (one fractured and smoothed off), the rest polished. The bevel is convex, the chin curved and oblique. The cutting edge is curved. The front profile is convex, the back concave.

The cutting edge is blunt. There are old fractures on the back and on the left side of the front edge. There are the remains of a label on the back.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1916 before
  • Materials
    Argillite; Technique: Hammered, bruised, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    7.3 x 3.3 x 23.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Beasley from the Blackwell collection, 24 August, 1916.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); Blackwell (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1916-08-24
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Blackwell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1916-08-24
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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