About this object

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Before 1867
  • Materials
    Basalt; Technique: Ground, drilled, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mr Joseph Mayer, 1867
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    9.0 x 3.3 x 32.3 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: 18th century (David Simmons, October 1981).

    Listed in the Catalogue of the Mayer Museum: Prehistoric antiquities and ethnography, Part 2. Charles T Gatty (1882). Item No 749, p 84-5.
    'Group of short Hand-clubs called Meri...See Plate III., fig.12'.

    Patu onewa are usually made from greywacke, a hard type of sandstone. The top of the flat blade is the main striking edge. The Maori warrior held the weapon in one hand, generally using a short, jabbing action demanding great strength and flexibility in the wrist. The sharpened edge could cut skin easily and break bones, and the name 'cleaver' is probably a better description of how the weapon was used than 'club'.
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Associated Person, previous owner)

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  • Catalogue of the Mayer Museum: Prehistoric antiquities and ethnography, Part 2.

    Gatty, Charles T

    Author: Gatty, Charles T
    Publisher: The Committee of the Liverpool Free Public Library, Museum and Gallery of Art
    Date: 1882


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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