About this object

A 'club' made from dark-grey stone with a grainy texture. There are three ridges on the end of the butt, and 'Mere. James Day' written in white ink on the blade. 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
    1830 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Ground, drilled, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    8.0 x 3.0 x 31.4 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 Norwich Castle Museum from James Day in 1830.
  • Related people
    James Day (Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1830
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • James Day

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1830
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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