Maori Handclub, New Zealand<BR />Carved by Patoromu Tamatea ca. 1870-80
Lot 304
Fine and Rare Maori Hand Club, New Zealand
Carved by Patoromu Tamatea ca. 1870-80
Sold for US$ 27,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Fine and Rare Maori Hand Club, New Zealand
Carved by Patoromu Tamatea ca. 1870-80
kotiate
height 16 7/8in (43cm)

Wood

Provenance:
Maori Chief Tawahiao, New Zealand, presented to a Private Collector in 1882
Morris Pinto, Paris
Robert Dupperier, Paris
Pierre Bovis, Paris

This handsome example of the iconic Maori hand club is finely carved with rolling spirals (unauanahi) on both sides, the handle carved with the head of a beaked bird, pierced under the head for suspension; fine dark-brown patina; "MAORI CLUB BOVIS COLL." written in ink in the center circle on one side.
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