About this object

An adze blade in dark grey stone with an asymmetrical outline. The cross-section is rounded quadrangular with the front narrower than the back. The butt is reduced to form a tang, and the poll is oblique. The poll and butt sides are bruised, the other surfaces polished. The bevel is convex, with no chin line. The cutting edge is straight and oblique. The front profile is convex, the back slightly concave.

The cutting edge is sharp and chipped. There is a large fracture on the bevel and the back, and fractures on the butt. There are the remains of a label on the front.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: South Island: Canterbury: Christchurch
  • Date made
    1910 before
  • Materials
    Argillite; Technique: Hammered, bruised, polished
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    4.0 x 1.8 x 7.8 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: an early type of adze (Chris Jacomb, March 1994). Acquired by Beasley from Mr F Floman, 27 March 1910.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Beasley ( Previous owner); F Mr Floman ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1910-03-27
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • F Mr Floman

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1910-03-27
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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