About this object

A patu paraoa (whalebone hand club), with a simple shape and a round hole through the butt. The surface is rough, probably weathered, with some areas of smooth surface remaining. May have been buried. There is a label on one side of the blade.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    19th Century or earlier
  • Materials
    Bone Whale; Technique: Carved, drilled
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    6.7 x 1.0 x 27.5 cm
  • Note
    Patu paraoa are weapons held in one hand, generally using short, jabbing actions, to inflict wounds with the sharp edge.

    Attribution: Could be pre-European. (Chris Jacombe, March 1994).

    Acquired by Beasley from P Stobie and Son, 6 August 1926.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); Stobie P and Son (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1926-08-06
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Stobie P and Son

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1926-08-06
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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