New Zealand Maori Greywacke Stone Short Hand Club ‘Patu Onewa’
New Zealand Maori Greywacke Stone Short Hand Club ‘Patu Onewa’

New Zealand Maori Greywacke Stone Short Hand Club ‘Patu Onewa’

1800 to 1900 New Zealand

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A New Zealand Maori Greywacke Stone Short Hand Club ‘Patu Onewa’
Early 19th Century

Size: 30cm long, 7cm wide – 12 ins long, 2¾ ins wide
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 12, item no. 2, for a Maori greenstone ‘Mere Pounamu’
Greywacke is a form of indurated sandstone and was used to make these hand clubs by careful grinding, abrading and polishing. The thrusting distal end was given a sharp edge, whilst the hole for the dog skin wrist cord presented a particular challenge as can be seen from the biconically stone drilled hole. In combat these weapons were unique in being designed for a forward thrust instead of a downward blow characteristic of other forms of hand clubs.
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