About this object

A tool in pale brown stone. The outline is asymmetrical, rectangular, and slightly twisted along its length. The cross-section is trapezoidal. The longer sides have possible cutting edges, which remain sharp. There are the remains of a label on the flatter face.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tools
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: South Island: Otago: Maniototo Plain
  • Date made
    1940 before
  • Materials
    Orthoquartzite; Technique: Flaked
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Mr Murison
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    4.5 x 2.0 x 10.0 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: Central Otago quarries and an early blade technology where a platform was prepared and blades struck. The knives are sometimes linked to butchering of large flightless birds (Nigel Prickett, March 1994).

    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from GH Thiselton-Dyer in 1940, from Mr Murison.
  • Related people
    Mr Murison (Collector, 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: 1940
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • G H Thiselton-Dyer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1940
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Mr Murison

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