About this object

A wahaika (hand club) with a human figure carved on one side of the blade, and a notch on the other. There is a face carved on the end of the butt and a round hole through the butt. The blade has a carved pattern of whakarare (a distorted pattern where several parallel ridges and grooves regularly curve across a notched ridge between them) around the edges and dividing it into four sections containing diagonally-arranged rauponga (several parallel ridges and grooves with a notched ridge in between). The grip is uncarved. The eyes of the figure are shell-inlaid.

Wahaika are weapons held in one hand, generally using short, jabbing actions, to inflict wounds with the sharp edge. The hole in the butt is for a wrist cord.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • 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
    Donor unknown
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    13.0 x 3.8 x 38.5 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: 1880s or 1890s, Rotorua (Roger Neich, March 1994).
Object view = Humanities
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