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 curved top edge and is carved with one large double spiral and two smaller double spirals on each side. The pattern is made up of grooves and ridges, and notched ridges. There is also carving on two places on the shaft, one with a petal design, the other resembling whakarare (a distorted pattern where several parallel ridges regularly curve across a notched ridge between them). The blade weight is chipped.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    May be European
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Wood; Technique: Carved
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    17.5 x 2.5 x 150.5 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. Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from Robert Jarvis in 1941.
  • Related people
    Robert Jarvis ( Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1941
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Robert Jarvis

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1941
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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