About this object

An adze blade in grey stone, possibly greywacke, with an asymmetrical outline. The cross-section is rectangular. The butt edges are rounded. The square poll and one side are bruised, the rest are ground. The bevel is convex, and the chin oblique. The cutting edge is curved and oblique. The front and back profiles are convex and slightly twisted along their length.

The cutting edge is sharp and there are old fractures on the front.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1933 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Hammered, bruised, ground
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    3.7 x 3.5 x 13.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum from Monsieur Chocqueel, 10 May 1933.
  • Related people
    Chocqueel Mons ( Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1933-05-10
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Chocqueel Mons

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1933-05-10
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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