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18 th – Early 19 Century
Size : 75 cm long – 29½ ins long
In the use of all weapons the manner of killing and not just the killing itself was of great importance . Even after the introduction of muskets to the Islands the traditional club was preferred since it was not just a weapon , but a work of art , a mark of rank , a symbol of manhood , and a repository of accumulated 'mana' . These qualities were not easily transferred to a foreign colonial metal musket and unlike New Zealand the number of war casualties did not increase with their introduction .
|Height||75.00 cm||(29.53 inches)|