About this object

An adze blade in grey stone weathering to orange. The outline is asymmetrical and the cross-section a rounded lozenge. The butt is undifferentiated and the poll oblique. The surface is bruised and ground. There are two convex bevels, one on the front and one on the back, of almost equal size, and no chin lines. The cutting edge is curved and is slightly asymmetrical in bottom view. Both profiles are convex.

The cutting edge is blunt and chipped and there are old fractures on the butt.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Before 1940
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Hammered, bruised, ground
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    3.1 x 2.0 x 6.3 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)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1940
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • A C Savin

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