Weapon; Club


About this object

A patu rakau (wooden hand club), with the hand grip narrower nearer the blade and no differentiated butt knob. There is a square hole through the butt and a twisted fibre cord through it. No surface carving. There is an old label on the blade, partly unreadable.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1878 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Fibre; Technique: Carved
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    12.0 x 2.5 x 37.0 cm
  • Note
    Patu rakau are weapons held in one hand, generally using short, jabbing actions, to inflict wounds with the sharp edge.

    Attribution: 18th century (David Simmons, October 1981).

    Acquired by Beasley from Blackmore Museum, 1 February 1931.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); Blackmore Museum (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1931-02-01
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Blackmore Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1931-02-01
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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