About this object

An adze blade in grey-brown stone, probably greywacke, with an asymmetrical outline and quadrangular cross-section. The butt is undifferentiated. The surface is ground with remains of bruising on the butt and sides. There is no distinct bevel or chin. The cutting edge is curved. The front and back profiles are convex.

The cutting edge is blunt. There are two labels on the front.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1919 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Hammered, bruised, ground
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    8.0 x 3.5 x 25.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from Mrs Ross Johnson in 1919.
  • Related people
    Ross Mrs Johnson ( Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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