Axe handle

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Registration number
7412
Item name
Axe handle 
Category
Chopping/Cutting
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui > Wanganui
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Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1960 
Acquisition method
by Miss Barbara Patten  
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

As reported for Australian Museum survey 1982: Length 37.4cm; Circumference of handle 8.5cm; Circumference of top where blade attached 13.5cm. Wood. Elaborately incised with double lines and dots. The end of the handle is carved, two 'bird like' eyes incorporated into the design. There is a square hole above the eyes.

Research notes

October 1996 - Roger Neich, Auckland Museum, identified this as a 'patiti' - a fighting weapon with a metal axe attached at one end - a tomahawk. Possibly from around the Whanganui area, North Island. Post contact item. The axe blades were usually traded by missionaries who hoped Maoris would turn to farming, but instead they were used to create weapons.

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