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 straight top edge and a hole through. There are two faces carved on the shaft, one on each side, near the pointed end. The wood is chipped and damaged in places.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Wood; Technique: Carved
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Donor unknown
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    21.3 x 2.3 x 135.0 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: May be South Taranaki, 18th century (David Simmons, October 1981).

    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.

Where is this object from?

Object view = Humanities
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