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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
The whole with old silky smooth rich dark patina
18th Century – Early 19th Century
Size: 39.5cm long, 12cm wide, 2.5cm deep – 15½ ins long, 4¾ ins wide, 1 ins deep
cf: A Wooden Maori Short Hand Club in the British Museum with a very similar cord hole (BH:NZ91) collected in the 18th Century. The rough square hole used for the wrist cord indicates that a stone chisel was used to make it
In addition to their function as lethal weapons in close combat, short hand clubs were also a status symbol for men of rank who carried them as a sign of dignity on the ‘marae’, the ceremonial open space. Their significance to the Maori is underscored by the carefully carved figural designs and the quality of execution of the simple basic form.