About this object

A 'club' made from dark-grey banded stone, with four ridges on the end the of butt. Broken in the past with the blade and butt in separate pieces. The butt was once broken lengthways but has been repaired. 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
    1857 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Technique: Ground, drilled, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mr Joseph Mayer, 1867
  • Collector
    A R Capt Savage
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    11.0 x 3.0 x 42.0 cm
  • Note
    Museum records say 'Collected by the late Captn Savage RMA & purchd of his widow'.

    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'.

    Listed in 'Catalogue of the Mayer Museum: Prehistoric antiquities and ethnography, Part 2'. Charles T Gatty (1882). Item No 749, p 84-5.
    "Group of short Hand-clubs called Meri...See Plate III., fig.12".

    'Catalogue of the Loan Exhibition of Prehistoric Antiquities and Ethnography held at The Walker Art gallery, Liverpool, May 1880'. Charles T Gatty (1880).
    Item No 512, page 40.
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Previous owner); A R Savage (Collector, previous owner); A R Mrs Savage (Previous owner)

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Publications

  • Catalogue of the Mayer Museum: Prehistoric antiquities and ethnography, Part 2.

    Gatty, Charles T

    Author: Gatty, Charles T
    Publisher: The Committee of the Liverpool Free Public Library, Museum and Gallery of Art
    Date: 1882
    Description:

Ownership

Previous owners

  • A R Mrs Savage

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • A R Savage

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Joseph Mayer

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