About this object

An adze blade in pale orange-grey stone with an asymmetrical outline and a rounded quadrangular cross-section. The butt is reduced at the back. The surface is polished. The bevel is convex, and the chin oblique. The cutting edge is oblique. The front profile is convex, the back concave.

The cutting edge is sharp. The poll is broken obliquely and there are old fractures on the butt and the back. There is a newer fracture on the front cutting edge.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: North Island: Manawatu-Wanganui
  • Date made
    1914 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
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    2.8 x 1.2 x 5.5 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: The stone is Lake Ohana argillite and this is probably a late adze (Nigel Prickett, March 1994). Acquired by Beasley from Mr P Candler, 24 December 1914.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Marguerite Beasley ( Previous owner); P Mr Candler ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1914-12-24
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • P Mr Candler

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1914-12-24
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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