About this object

A wahaika (hand club) with a human figure carved on one side of the blade, and a face at the end of the butt, with a round hole through the butt. No other carved decoration. The figure is splitting away from the blade slightly.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Weapon
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1942 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Technique: Carved, drilled
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, Taunton Museum, 1942
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    12.0 x 2.2 x 35.0 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. However, this example may be a replica made for sale.

    Acquired by Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, Taunton Museum, from Mr Thomas Dawson.
  • Related people
    Thomas Dawson (Previous owner); Taunton Museum (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Thomas Dawson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Taunton Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1942
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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