Weapon; Club

RI 56.42

About this object

A patu paraoa (whalebone hand club), with a simple shape and four ridges carved at the end of the butt. there is a straight-sided square hole through the butt and one surface of the blade is slightly concave. There are the remains of two labels.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1894 before
  • Materials
    Bone Whale; Technique: Carved, drilled
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Liverpool Royal Institution, from a loan in 1894
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    14.8 x 3.8 x 49.0 cm
  • Note
    Patu paraoa are weapons held in one hand, generally using short, jabbing actions, to inflict wounds with the sharp edge.

    It is possible that this patu was collected on Captain Cook's third voyage, although the hole may have been made with steel tools which argues against this.

    See Adrienne L. Kaeppler (1974: 84), 'Cook voyage provenance of the "Artificial Curiosities" of Bullock's Museum', Man 9:1, and Adrienne L. Kaeppler (1978: 190, fig 372) '"Artificial Curiosities": An Exposition of Native Manufactures, Collected on the Three Pacific Voyages of Captain James Cook, R.N.' Bernice P Bishop Museum Special Publication 65.
  • Related people
    Liverpool Royal Institution (Previous owner)

Explore related


  • Artifical Curiosities: An Exposition of Native Manufactures Collected on the Three Pacific Voyages of Captain James Cook R.R.

    Kaeppler, Adrienne L

    Author: Kaeppler, Adrienne L
    Publisher: Bishop Museum
    Date: 1978

  • Cook voyage provenance of the 'Artificial Curiosities' of Bullock's Museum

    Kaeppler, Adrienne L

    Author: Kaeppler, Adrienne L
    Date: 1974


Previous owners

  • Liverpool Royal Institution

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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