About this object

A tewhatewha (long club/fighting staff) with a pointed tip at one end of the shaft and an axe-shaped blade at the other. The blade weight has a straight top. There is a notched line on one side of the shaft, but no other carved decoration. There are traces of red pigment on the shaft and several flaws in the wood. The blade weight is chipped.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    19th Century before
  • Materials
    Wood; Pigment Red; Technique: Carved
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    17.6 x 2.5 x 113.5 cm
  • Note
    The tewhatewha is a double-handed weapon used for striking with the shaft edge of the blade (which adds weight to the blow) or stabbing with the pointed end. Attribution: Whanganui? 18th century (David Simmons, October 1981).
  • Related people
    Irene Beasley ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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