Weapon; Club

LIV.2010.132.8

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 curved top edge and a hole near the bottom. There is a notch near the pointed end, where the two faces usually are. A bunch of dark green feathers are attached to the blade weight by a cord through the hole.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Weapon
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Wood; Feather; Fibre; Technique: Carved; drilled
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Donor unknown
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    17.3 x 3.0 x 122.5 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.
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