About this object

A 'club' made from dark-grey stone with a grainy texture. There are four ridges on the end of the butt and a length of twisted fibre cord tied around it. The end of the blade is chipped.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Weapon
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1907 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Fibre Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Technique: Ground, 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
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    9.0 x 3.5 x 35.0 cm
  • Note
    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'.

    Attribution: 18th century (David Simmons, October 1981).

    Acquired by Beasley from Mr W Oldman, 5 July 1907.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); W Mr Oldman (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1907-07-05
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • W Mr Oldman

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1907-07-05
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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