About this object

An adze blade in grey stone with an asymmetrical outline and a rounded quadrangular cross-section. The butt is undifferentiated. The side surfaces are bruised/ground, and the front and back polished. The back edges are very rounded. The bevel is convex, and there is no chin line. The cutting edge is curved. The front and back profiles are convex, and the poll pointed.

The cutting edge is sharp and chipped. The poll edge is also sharp. There are old fractures on the poll and the front.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: South Island: Otago: Otago Harbour
  • Date made
    1930 before
  • Materials
    Argillite; Technique: Hammered, bruised, ground, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    5.5 x 2.3 x 10.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum at Stevens' Auction Rooms, 16-17 September 1930, Lot 542 (Mr Webb).
  • Related people
    J C Stevens ( Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1930-09-17
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Stevens

    Owned from: 1930-09-17
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1930-09-17
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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