About this object

An adze in grey stone, probably argillite, with an asymmetrical outline and a quadrangular cross-section. The butt is slightly reduced and the surfaces of the butt sides are ground, the other surfaces polished. The poll is asymmetrical and possibly broken off on one side. The bevel is convex, and the chin curved. The cutting edge is curved. The front profile is slightly convex, the back straight.

The cutting edge is sharp. There is a fracture on the back and possibly on the poll. There are the remains of an old label on the front and 'Petone' 'N. Zealand' written on front and back.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: North Island: Wellington: Lower Hutt: Petone
  • Date made
    1947 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Hammered, bruised, ground, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Miss Frances Hobley, 1947.
  • Collector
    C W Mr Hobley
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    2.9 x 1.5 x 5.7 cm
  • Related people
    C W Hobley ( Collector, previous owner); Frances Hobley ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Frances Hobley

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1947
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • C W Hobley

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