About this object

A 'club' made from dark-grey stone, with four ridges on the end the of butt. The butt has been broken off and repaired (on the blade side of the hole). 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
    1934 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Ground, drilled, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    9.0 x 3.0 x 34.5 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'.

    Acquired by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum at Glendining's Auction Rooms, 24th & 25th September 1934, Lot 325.
  • Related people
    Glendining and Co Ltd (Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Glendining and Co Ltd

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
No media found
Have 26 place tagsPage load time: 93 ms