Club

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Registration number
8084
Item name
Club 
Category
Fighting
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > New Zealand
Map
Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1960 
Acquisition method
by Mrs E. Derrich 
Raw material
wood
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

Tewhatewha. As reported for Australian Museum survey 1982: Length 39.7cm (24.7 handle, 15cm head). Circumference 9.5cm handle. Head is flat, 14.5cm wide. Club is 'axe' like in shape. Wood. Entire head of surface incised. Small circle, 1cm, mother of pearl in handle.

Research notes

Possibly head of modern Maori war club (Duff of Auckland Museum). Items 7409, 7410 and 8084 were returned from long term loan to the Auckland Museum by Dr Roger Neich on 25 October 1996. It bears at its base, in white lettering, the Auckland Museum deposit information: 'DEP 50521, Ngati Kahungunu'. The lettering refers to the Maori tribe to which it was attributed, but it is not certain. Dr Neich suggested this piece, which is the upper portion of a fighting staff, would date circa 1900.

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