About this object

An adze blade in pearly, pale green stone (inanga nephrite). The outline is asymmetrical and the cross-section is an asymmetrical quadrangle. The butt is reduced at the front. The surface is polished, and there is a ridge sawn along one side. The bevel is flat and straight, with an oblique chin. The cutting edge is curved. The front profile is convex, the back straight.

The cutting edge is very sharp and slightly chipped. The poll is broken obliquely. Part of the back is fractured.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1922 before
  • Materials
    Nephrite; Technique: Sawn, ground, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    4.0 x 0.5 x 7.6 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Beasley in Worthing, 29 November 1922.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Marguerite Beasley ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1922-11-29
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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