About this object

Object specifics

  • Type
    Weapon
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1894 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
    8.9 x 3.7 x 34.3 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 Robert Fitch in 1894.
  • Related people
    Robert Fitch (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: 1894
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Robert Fitch

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1894
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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