About this object

A wahaika (hand club) with a human figure, without legs, carved on one side of the blade, and a face on each side of the butt in the same plane as the blade. There is a round hole through the butt. The blade has a carved pattern of whakarare (a distorted pattern where several parallel ridges and grooves regularly curve across a notched ridge between them). The eyes of the figure and one face are shell-inlaid, with plain shell discs and no central pegs.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1943 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Abalone (Haliotis sp); Technique: Carved, drilled, inlaid
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, 1943
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    11.0 x 2.7 x 36.0 cm
  • Note
    Wahaika are weapons held in one hand, generally using short, jabbing actions, to inflict wounds with the sharp edge. The hole in the butt is for a wrist cord. Attributions: A late East Coast club, 19th century (David Simmons, October 1981); East Coast, early 1900s, but doubts over its authenticity (Roger Neich, March 1994).
  • Related people


Previous owners

  • Leicester Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1943
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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