Long Staff Club - Taiaha
Long Staff Club - Taiaha
Long Staff Club - Taiaha
Long Staff Club - Taiaha
Long Staff Club - Taiaha

Long Staff Club - Taiaha

19th century New Zealand

Offered by Nicholas Wells Antiques Ltd

£2,500 gbp
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This unusual Taiaha is smaller than most and was probably made for a child, it is typical of 18th and 19th century examples, with the pointed end taking the form of a carved tingue projecting from an open mouth; the eyes of the head on this example are not inlaid with mother of pearl.

Sticking out the tongue was a Maori challenge to enemies and the form of this spear is taken directly from this behaviour.
Dimensions
Height 148.00 cm (58.27 inches)
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