Weapon; Club

7.12.57.162L

About this object

A 'club' made from dark-grey banded stone, with a plaited fibre wrist cord through the hole in the hand-grip and four ridges on the end the of butt. The end of the blade is chipped.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Weapon
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1857 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Fibre Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Technique: Ground, drilled, polished, plaited
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mr Joseph Mayer, 1867
  • Collector
    A R Capt Savage
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    1857 before
  • Measurements
    9.1 x 3.9 x 37.3 cm
  • Note
    Museum records say: 'Collected by the late Capt Savage RMA & purchd of his widow"'

    Patu onewa are usually made from greywacke, a hard type of sandstone. The top of the flat blade is the main striking edge. The Maori warrior held the weapon in one hand, generally using a short, jabbing action demanding great strength and flexibility in the wrist. The sharpened edge could cut skin easily and break bones, and the name 'cleaver' is probably a better description of how the weapon was used than 'club'.

    Listed in the 'Catalogue of the Mayer Museum: Prehistoric antiquities and ethnography, Part 2'. Charles T Gatty (1882). Item No 749, p 84-5.
    "Group of short Hand-clubs called Meri...See Plate III., fig.12".

    Also 'Catalogue of the Loan Exhibition of Prehistoric Antiquities and Ethnography held at The Walker Art gallery, Liverpool, May 1880'. Charles T Gatty (1880).
    Item No 512, page 40.
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Previous owner); A R Savage (Collector, previous owner); A R Mrs Savage (Previous owner)

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Publications

  • Catalogue of the Mayer Museum: Prehistoric antiquities and ethnography, Part 2.

    Gatty, Charles T

    Author: Gatty, Charles T
    Publisher: The Committee of the Liverpool Free Public Library, Museum and Gallery of Art
    Date: 1882
    Description:

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • A R Mrs Savage

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • A R Savage

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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