About this object

A 'club' made from dark grey-green stone with a marbled effect. There are three ridges on the end of the butt and a plaited fibre cord through the hole. The end of the blade is chipped.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: North Island: Auckland: Manukau; Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand: River Waiuku
  • Date made
    1880 before
  • Materials
    Stone; Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Technique: Ground, drilled, polished
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    8.5 x 3.5 x 31.7 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'. Attribution: 18th century (David Simmons, 1981). Acquired by Beasley from Lady Frances Makgill, 26 January 1928.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Marguerite Beasley ( Previous owner); Frances Lady Makgill ( Previous owner); John Sir Makgill ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1928-01-26
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Frances Lady Makgill

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1928-01-26
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • John Sir Makgill

    Owned from: 1880
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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