About this object

A fish-shaped mere (hand club) with the pointed blade tip as the fish's head and the butt forming the tail. There are two faces carved on the butt and a round hole through the butt. Most of the surface has carved decoration, with two large double spirals on each side of the blade. The patterns are formed by haehae (parallel grooves) and ridges, and pakati (lines of dog's-tooth notches). There are two eyes on each side, three shell-inlaid. There is a whitish deposit in some grooves.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Wood; Abalone (Haliotis sp); Technique: Carved, drilled, inlaid
  • 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 3.0 x 40.5 cm
  • Note
    Mere are weapons held in one hand, generally using short, jabbing actions, to inflict wounds with the sharp edge.

    Attributions: East Coast, a reproduction club (David Simmons, October 1981); East Coast, late 19th century (Roger Neich, March 1994).
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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