About this object

A wahaika (hand club) with a human figure carved on one side of the blade, its arms and legs bent backwards, and a notch on the other side. There is a carved face at the end of the butt and a square hole through the butt. The surface decoration on the figure's body includes simple spirals, haehae (parallel grooves) and ridges, and crescents. The edge of the blade is chipped.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Before 1928
  • Materials
    Wood; Technique: Carved
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mr Robert Gladstone Jnr, 1928
  • Collector
    G A Binney
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    10.8 x 3.0 x 37.0 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.

    Attributions: South Taranaki, 1860 (David Simmons, October 1981)
  • Related people
    G A Binney (Collector); George Alanby Capt Binney (Previous owner); Robert Jnr Gladstone (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Robert Jnr Gladstone

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1928
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • George Alanby Capt Binney

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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