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
    Tools
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1909 before
  • Materials
    Nephrite; Technique: Hammered, ground, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • 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)

Ownership

Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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