About this object

An adze blade in dark grey stone with an asymmetrical outline and rectangular cross-section. The butt is cut straight across obliquely. The upper blade surfaces are flaked or fractured, the lower surfaces polished. The bevel is convex and the chin line curved. The cutting edge is oblique. The front profile is convex, the back irregular.

The cutting edge is sharp, and badly fractured on one side.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: North Island: Wellington: Happy Valley
  • Date made
    1940 before
  • Materials
    Argillite; Technique: Hammered, polished, possibly flaked
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    6.2 x 2.6 x 6.4 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)


Previous owners

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