Weapon; Club


About this object

A taiaha (long club/fighting staff) with one end (the head) carved in the shape of a tongue with a human face on either side of the shaft below it, the other end is a smooth blade. The surface decoration on the tongue is double spirals formed by haehae (parallel grooves) and ridges with pakati (dog's-tooth notches). The eyes are shell-inlaid.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Wood; Abalone (Haliotis sp); Technique: Carved, inlaid
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    5.8 x 4.5 x 165.3 cm
  • Note
    The taiaha is a double-handed weapon used for striking with the blade, or stabbing with the tongue end, which is carved protruding from the mouth in the Maori gesture of defiance.

    Acquired by Beasley from Sir Wilfrid Peek, 7 December 1928.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); Wilfrid Sir Peek (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1928-12-07
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Wilfrid Sir Peek

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1928-12-07
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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