About this object

A patu paraoa (whalebone hand club), with a simple shape and a round hole through the butt. The bone sinuses are very apparent on one side. An old label on one side.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    19th Century before
  • 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
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    8.7 x 1.7 x 40.2 cm
  • Note
    Patu paraoa are weapons held in one hand, generally using short, jabbing actions, to inflict wounds with the sharp edge. Attribution: 18th century (David Simmons, October 1981). Acquired by Beasley from Mr W Oldman, 14 October 1908.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Beasley ( Previous owner); W Mr Oldman ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1908-10-14
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • W Mr Oldman

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1908-10-14
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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