About this object

An adze blade in pale grey stone with fine dark grey lines, an asymmetrical outline and quadrangular cross-section. The butt is reduced, and the poll is oblique and straight. The surfaces of the butt, back and sides are flaked and bruised, the rest polished. The bevel is convex, with no chin line. The cutting edge is curved. The front profile is convex, back profile convex on the blade, straight on the butt.

The cutting edge is sharp and chipped.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: North Island: Gisborne: Poverty Bay
  • Date made
    1909 before
  • Materials
    Argillite; Technique: Hammered, flaked, bruised, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    3.1 x 1.7 x 8.9 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: An early type of adze, made from Ohana argillite (Chris Jacombe, March 1994). Acquired by Beasley from Mr F Floman, 12 November 1909.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Beasley ( Previous owner); F Mr Floman ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1909-12-11
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • F Mr Floman

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1909-11-12
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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