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Early 19th Century
Size: 30.5 cm long, 9.5 cm wide – 12 ins long, 3¾ ins wide
Ex London Private collection
Preparations for war were ceremonious and these lasted for much longer than the battles themselves. Maori men spent a considerable portion of their time in grooming for battle. Their chosen weapons were only effective by reasons of considerable dexterity in their use and therefore required a high degree of physical fitness in their owners. War to the Maori was a contest of skill rather than the European approach towards domination in battle and the concept of ‘win at all costs’.
|Height||30.50 cm||(12.01 inches)|
|Width||9.50 cm||(3.74 inches)|