Weapon; Club card

Weapon; Club

LIV.2010.131.8
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). Three eyes are shell-inlaid. There are two round holes through the shaft, one near each end, off-centre. The tip of the tongue is broken. 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