Weapon; Club


About this object

A wahaika (hand club) with a human figure carved on one side of the blade, a carved face at the end of the butt, and a rounded square hole through the butt. The figure and the head have a carved surface pattern of simple spirals, ridges and grooves and crescents. The blade has whakarare (a distorted pattern where several parallel ridges regularly curve across a notched ridge between them). The handgrip is uncarved. The figure's eyes are shell-inlaid. The wahaika is covered with some white powdery substance.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Wood; Technique: Carved
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    13.4 x 3.0 x 42.0 cm
  • Note
    Wahaika are weapons held in one hand, generally using short, jabbing actions, to inflict wounds with the sharp edge. The hole in the butt is for a wrist cord.

    Attribution: Rotorua, late 1880s, 1890s (Roger Neich, 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)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

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

    Owned from: 1931-02-01
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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