About this object

An adze blade in yellowish-grey stone with an asymmetrical outline. The cross-section is plano-convex, asymmetrical, and the front is flat. The butt and sides are flaked and bruised, the rest of the surface polished. The bevel convex, with no chin line. The cutting edge is curved. The front and back profiles are convex.

The cutting edge is sharp. There are fractures on the front of the butt, and the remains of an old label on the front.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1911 before
  • Materials
    Argillite; Technique: Hammered, bruised, flaked, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    8.2 x 3.0 x 26.2 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Beasley from (Mr?) Newman, 15 September 1911.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Marguerite Beasley ( Previous owner); Newman ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1911-09-15
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Newman

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1911-09-15
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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