Club

28.55.2

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.
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Object specifics

  • Type
    Weapon
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1928 before
  • 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?

Ownership

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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