About this object

A whalebone wahaika (hand club) with two human figures carved on the blade and a notch on the other side. There is a carved face at the end of the butt, and a straight-sided round hole through the butt. The main figure has prominent ribs and holds a kotiate (hourglass-shaped hand club) in one hand and the head of the second figure in the other. The carved face on the butt may be a manaia (bird-like profile head) . The main figure has shell-inlaid eyes.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Bone Whale; Abalone (Haliotis sp); Technique: Carved, drilled, inlaid
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    10.2 x 1.0 x 31.2 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. Attribution: East Coast, 1860 (David Simmons, October 1981). Acquired by Beasley from Mr J Dickson, 19 September 1934.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Marguerite Beasley ( Previous owner); J Dickson ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Marguerite Beasley

    Owned from: 1934-09-19
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • J Dickson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1934-09-19
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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