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.

Where is this object from?

Object view = Humanities
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