About this object

An adze blade with an asymmetrical outline in fine-textured grey stone, probably argillite, and a rounded quadrangular cross-section. The butt is undifferentiated. The poll surface is bruised, the rest is polished. The bevel is convex, with no chin line. The cutting edge is curved. Front and back profiles are slightly convex.

The cutting edge is sharp and chipped on one side. There are fractures on front and sides of the blade.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: North Island: Taranaki: Waipingau
  • Date made
    1945 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Hammered, ground, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Mrs E M Davies, 1945
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    4.2 x 2.2 x 8.5 cm
  • Related people
    E M Mrs Davies ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • E M Mrs Davies

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1945
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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