About this object

An adze blade with an asymmetrical outline in mid-grey stone, probably argillite. The butt section is rounded. Most of the butt and side surfaces are bruised, the rest polished. There is no distinct bevel, and no chin line. The cutting edge is curved. The front profile is concave, the back convex. There are labels on the front and back.

The cutting edge is sharp and badly chipped.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1950 before
  • Materials
    Argillite; Technique: Hammered, bruised, ground, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Miss E C Herdman, 1950
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    8.3 x 2.3 x 23.2 cm
  • Note
    An old label reads 'Axe Head, bought by Mr I Hume (New Zealand)'.
  • Related people
    Emma Catherine Herdman ( Previous owner); I Mr Hume ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Emma Catherine Herdman

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1950
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • I Mr Hume

    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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