About this object

An adze blade in dark grey stone with an asymmetrical outline and quadrangular cross-section at the shoulder, thinner and rectangular at the blade. The surfaces of the bevel and part of blade front are polished, the others fractured or flaked. The poll is oblique with a sharp edge. The bevel is convex with no chin line. The cutting edge is straight. The front profile is convex and angled, the back irregular.

The cutting edge is sharp. There are the remains of a label on the front.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: South Island: Nelson: Croisilles Harbour
  • Date made
    1926 before
  • Materials
    Argillite; Technique: Hammered, bruised, polished, possibly flaked
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    2.3 x 1.5 x 8.0 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: Early type, moa-hunter period (Chris Jacombe, March 1994). Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from WG Clarke in 1926.
  • Related people
    W G Clarke ( Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1926
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • W G Clarke

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1926
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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