Fine and Rare Maori Hand Club, New Zealand
Carved by Patoromu Tamatea ca. 1870-80
height 16 7/8in (43cm)
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.