About this object

An adze blade in dark grey stone with an asymmetrical outline and rounded and irregular rectangular cross-section. The butt is reduced at the front and one side. Most of the blade surface is ground, the rest flaked. The bevel is convex and the chin line oblique. The cutting edge is irregular and fractured. The front profile is slightly convex, the back concave.

The cutting edge is sharp in places and badly chipped. 'WAKAN AKA' (or possibly WAKAIUAKA') is written in pencil on the bevel.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1940 before
  • Materials
    Argillite; Technique: Flaked, ground
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    3.0 x 2.0 x 8.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from GH Thiselton-Dyer in 1940.
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner); G H Thiselton-Dyer ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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