Weapon; Club


About this object

A wahaika (hand club) with a human figure carved on one side of the blade, a carved face at the end of the butt, and a rounded square hole through the butt. The face on the butt has simple spirals and ridges, with large eyes. There is no other decoration. The edges of the blade are chipped, and the carved decoration worn smooth.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1879 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Technique: Carved
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Air Commodore Andrew Adolphus Walser, 1946
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    16.5 x 3.0 x 48.0 cm
  • Note
    Probably carved with stone tools. 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: Whanganui, 18th century (David Simmons, October 1981); a good early piece (Roger Neich, March 1994).
  • Related people
    Henry Charles Stephens ( Previous owner); Andrew Adolphus Walser ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Andrew Adolphus Walser

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1946
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • H C Mr Stephens

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