About this object

An adze blade in dark grey stone, paler at the poll end, with an asymmetrical outline and a quadrangular cross-section. The butt edges are rounded, the blade edges sharper. The butt surface is bruised, and there is a large (old) fracture on one side. The other surfaces are polished. The bevel is concave, and the chin curved. The cutting edge is curved. The front is convex, the back concave.

The cutting edge is sharp with small chips. There are the remains of a label on the front.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1912 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
    6.4 x 3.5 x 23.0 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: This is probably argillite from the Nelson Region (Nigel Prickett, March 1994).

    Acquired by Beasley from AD Bezley, 19 August 1912.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); A D Bezley (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1912-08-19
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • A D Bezley

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1912-08-19
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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