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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
The neck with a hole for a wrist thong the butt with traces of a worn masked head
Fine old smooth silky patina
Size: 38cm long - 15 ins long
Another in the James Hooper collection Steven Phelps page 56 no. 221 and another in the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology collected on Cook’s first voyage illustrated by Shawcross 1970:313.
In addition to their function as lethal weapons 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 or courtyard within the Maori fortified village. Maori weapons formed a significance class of their own within the decorative arts of New Zealand, and were quite separate and distinct from the rest of Polynesia.