About this object

An adze blade in dark grey-green stone with an asymmetrical outline and broadly quadrangular but asymmetrical cross-section. The butt edges are rounded and there is a curved shoulder at the front. There is a facet on the poll. The surface is polished. The bevel is straight and the chin curved. The cutting edge is curved. The front profile is convex, back concave.

The cutting edge is sharp with slight chipping. There are old fractures on the sides and on the poll, part of which appears to be broken off.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Before 1909
  • Materials
    Nephrite; Technique: Hammered, ground, 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
    6.0 x 2.0 x 15.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from Reverend EE Montford in 1909.
  • Related people
    E E Rev Montford (Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1909
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • E E Rev Montford

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