About this object

An adze blade in dark grey stone with a slightly asymmetrical outline and a lenticular cross-section. The butt is undifferentiated, the poll rounded. The surface is ground/polished. The adze is slightly twisted along its length. It has two bevels, one on the back and one on the front, and these are almost equal, convex, with no chin lines. The cutting edge is curved. Both profiles are convex.

The cutting edge is sharp. There is an old fracture on one side, and a newer fracture on the cutting edge.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1922 before
  • Materials
    Argillite; Technique: Hammered, ground, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    5.5 x 3.0 x 14.5 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from James Trackson in 1922.
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner); James Trackson ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1922
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • James Trackson

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