About this object

An adze blade in grey-yellow stone with an asymmetrical outline and rounded quadrangular cross-section. The butt is undifferentiated. The poll and front surfaces are bruised and ground, the rest ground and polished. The bevel is convex with no chin line. The cutting edge is irregular and fractured. The front profile is convex, the back slightly concave.

The cutting edge is blunt and badly chipped and the bevel fractured. There are the remains of labels on the back and one side.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: North Island: Waikato: Kāwhia Harbour
  • Date made
    1938 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Hammered, bruised, ground, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    5.0 x 2.7 x 14.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from AW Smith in 1938.
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner); A W Smith ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1938
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • A W Smith

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1938
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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