About this object

An adze blade in very dark grey stone with an asymmetrical outline and an asymmetrical quadrangular cross-section. The butt is undifferentiated. The surface is polished. The bevel is convex, and the chin indistinct towards one side, with a small facet. The cutting edge is curved. The front profile is slightly convex, the back straight.

The cutting edge is sharp. The poll is broken off obliquely.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1954 before
  • Materials
    Argillite; Technique: Hammered, ground, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    3.5 x 1.7 x 12.0 cm
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Marguerite Beasley ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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