About this object

An adze blade in grey stone with an asymmetrical outline and rectangular cross-section. The butt is undifferentiated and may be broken off. The front, bevel, and sides are polished, the other surfaces fractured and bruised. The bevel is convex with no chin line. The cutting edge is oblique. The front profile is convex, the back concave.

The cutting edge is sharp and chipped. The poll fractured.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Before 1940
  • Materials
    Argillite; Technique: Hammered, bruised, polished
  • 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
    4.5 x 1.4 x 7.5 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)

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
  • G H Thiselton-Dyer

    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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