About this object

A patu paraoa (whalebone hand club), with a simple shape and a round hole through the butt. One side of the blade edge is chipped. There is a label on one side of blade.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Before 1880
  • Materials
    Bone Whale; Technique: Carved, drilled, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    1850 - 1880
  • Measurements
    10.0 x 1.4 x 33.3 cm
  • Note
    Patu paraoa are weapons held in one hand, generally using short, jabbing actions, to inflict wounds with the sharp edge.

    Acquired by Beasley from Sir Wilfrid Peek, 15 November 1926.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); Wilfrid Sir Peek (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1926-11-15
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Wilfrid Sir Peek

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1926-11-15
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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