- Registration number
- Item name
- Axe handle
- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Pacific > New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui > Wanganui
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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.
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.