Rare New Zealand Maori Carved Wood Two Handed Club 'Tewhatewha'
Rare New Zealand Maori Carved Wood Two Handed Club 'Tewhatewha'
Rare New Zealand Maori Carved Wood Two Handed Club 'Tewhatewha'

Rare New Zealand Maori Carved Wood Two Handed Club 'Tewhatewha'

1800 to 1900 New Zealand

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A Rare New Zealand Maori Carved Wood Two Handed Club 'Tewhatewha'
The top edge notched to act as a reminder of war triumphs. Two old holes for feather attachments. A sliver of old damage to the blade edge. A Maori continuous rolling spiral carved to the top of the shaft and a stylised ‘Tiki’ carved towards the pointed shaft's end
Fine old smooth and lustrous patina
Early 19th century

Size: 155cm long – 61 ins long
Provenance: Ex English Private collection
This type of Maori long hand weapon is a two handed club with an expanded end at the blade and was used as a signaling device by the commander of an army. The expanded surface making it clearly visible from afar. Feathers were once attached on the lower side of the axe-shaped head and the feathers could be made to quiver in the wind. The club was swung like a quarterstaff with the striking part being the straight edge behind the flat surface. The Maori 'Tewhatewha' is not therefore an axe; the blade extension existed to provide extra weight and balance at the end of the weapon.
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