About this object

A tewhatewha (long club/fighting staff) with a pointed tip at one end of the shaft and an axe-shaped blade at the other. The blade weight has a slightly convex top edge and a hole through the bottom edge. There are two eyes carved on the shaft.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Weapon
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Wood; Technique: Carved, drilled
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Reverend J H Scott RN, 1943
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    13.8 x 1.5 x 105.0 cm
  • Note
    The tewhatewha is a double-handed weapon used for striking with the shaft edge of the blade (which adds weight to the blow) or stabbing with the pointed end.

    Acquired by Reverend JH Scott from Auckland Museum.
  • Related people
    Auckland Museum (Previous owner); Bristol Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner); J H Rev Scott (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1943
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1943
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • J H Rev Scott

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1943
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Auckland Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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