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Old smooth silky rich brown patina
Size: 112.5cm long - 44¼ ins long
Ex Private Scottish collection
cf: ‘Maori’ A. Hamilton Wellington N.Z. 1901, pg. 239 plate: XXVII bottom example displays a similar plain head
Old taiaha were handed down as ancestral relics and used as oracles for divination. By performing the proper rituals it was believed that an old revered taiaha could prophecy the result of a battle. The club would be laid upon the ground whilst the chief performed the rites, and if the gods were propitious, the taiaha would turn itself slowly over before the eyes of the assembled tribe, to the utter confusion of the enemy. (History of the Maori’s, Judge Gudgeon 1885)