About this object

An adze blade in mid-grey stone with an asymmetrical outline and a rounded trapezoidal cross-section. The butt is undifferentiated. The back and part of the front surfaces are ground, the rest bruised. The bevel is convex, with no chin line. The cutting edge is curved. The front and back profiles are convex.

The cutting edge is blunt and chipped. There are traces of red paint on the front.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1931 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Red paint; Technique: Hammered, bruised, ground
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    6.6 x 4.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: Hawkes Bay in style (Nigel Prickett, March 1994). Acquired by Beasley from Blackmore Museum, 1 February 1931.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Beasley ( Previous owner); Blackmore Museum ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1931-02-01
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Blackmore Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1931-02-01
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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