About this object

An adze blade in dark grey stone with an asymmetrical outline. The cross-section is quadrangular and asymmetrical. The butt is thinner than the blade. The surface is polished. There is no distinct bevel or chin line. The cutting edge is curved. The front and back profiles are convex.

The cutting edge is sharp and chipped. There are fractures on the poll, front, back and one side.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tools
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: South Island: Canterbury: Christchurch
  • Date made
    1954 before
  • Materials
    Argillite; 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
    3.5 x 0.6 x 6.5 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Beasley from Mr F Floman.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); F Mr Floman (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    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: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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