About this object

An adze blade in mottled grey-green stone, probably nephrite, with an asymmetrical outline and a quadrangular cross-section. The butt is undifferentiated and the surface polished. There is a facet on the front left side and two more at the butt end. The bevel is straight and the chin irregular. The cutting edge Is curved. The front profile is convex, the back straight.

The cutting edge is sharp, but slightly chipped. The poll is broken obliquely. There are the remains of a label on the front.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: North Island: Northland: Whangaruru
  • Date made
    1924 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Sawn, ground, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    8.7 x 1.8 x 21.8 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Beasley from Miss Cutter, 31 January 1924.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Marguerite Beasley ( Previous owner); Miss Cutter ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1924-01-31
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Miss Cutter

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1924-01-31
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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