About this object

An adze blade in dark grey stone, possibly argillite, with an asymmetrical outline and asymmetrical quadrangular cross-section. There is an extra facet on one side. The butt is undifferentiated. The side surfaces are ground, the other areas polished. The bevel is flat, and the chin curved and oblique. The cutting edge is curved. The front profile is convex, the back straight.

The cutting edge is sharp. The poll is broken obliquely.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: North Island: Gisborne: Poverty Bay
  • Date made
    Before 1909
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Hammered, ground, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    3.7 x 1.2 x 5.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Beasley from Mr F Floman, 11 December 1909.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); F Mr Floman (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1909-12-11
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • F Mr Floman

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1909-12-11
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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