About this object

A 'club' made from dark-grey stone, with a twisted fibre wrist cord through the hole in the handgrip and three ridges on the end the of the butt. The end of the blade is chipped.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Stone; Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Technique: Ground, drilled, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Miss S Marjorie Cox, 1963
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    9.7 x 4.0 x 38.5 cm
  • Note
    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'. Acquired by Miss Cox from her ancestor, Charles Robinson.
  • Related people
    S Marjorie Miss Cox ( Previous owner); Charles Robinson ( Previous owner); Charles Vallance Robinson ( Ancestor)


Previous owners

  • S Marjorie Miss Cox

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1963
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Charles Robinson

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