About this object

An adze blade in pale brown stone with an asymmetrical outline and cross-section a rounded square. The butt is undifferentiated. The surface is bruised and ground. The bevel is convex and the chin curved. The cutting edge is curved. The front profile is convex with a rounded angle, the back slightly convex.

The cutting edge is blunt and there are old fractures on the butt and one side. There are patches of an orange deposit on the surface, possibly weathering. There are the remains of a label on the bevel.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1940 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Hammered, bruised, ground
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    2.0 x 1.8 x 6.5 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from AC Savin in 1940.
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner); A C Savin ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1940
    How acquired: Gift from A C Savin
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Sold
  • A C Savin

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1940
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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