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 hole through it, and a metal ring attached (not original). There are two humanoid heads carved on the shaft, one either side, near the pointed end, and 'R R' carved on the blade weight on other side from the ring

Object specifics

  • Type
    Weapon
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1879 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Metal; Technique: Carved, drilled
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Air Commodore Andrew Adolphus Walser, 1946
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    16.3 x 2.5 x 150.0 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.
  • Related people
    Henry Charles Stephens ( Previous owner); Andrew Adolphus Walser ( Previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Andrew Adolphus Walser

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1946
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • H C Mr Stephens

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