About this object

An adze blade in dark grey stone, possibly argillite, with an asymmetrical outline and asymmetrical quadrangular cross-section. There is an extra facet on one side. The butt is undifferentiated. The side surfaces are ground, the other areas polished. The bevel is flat, and the chin curved and oblique. The cutting edge is curved. The front profile is convex, the back straight.

The cutting edge is sharp. The poll is broken obliquely.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: North Island: Gisborne: Poverty Bay
  • Date made
    1909 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Hammered, ground, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    3.7 x 1.2 x 5.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Beasley from Mr F Floman, 11 December 1909.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Marguerite Beasley ( Previous owner); F Mr Floman ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1909-12-11
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • F Mr Floman

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1909-12-11
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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