Maori Hand Club, New Zealand
Lot 305
Maori Hand Club, New Zealand
Sold for US$ 27,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
Maori Hand Club, New Zealand
Lot Details
Maori Hand Club, New Zealand
height 12 1/2in (31.8cm)

Captain J.C. Carr Ellison, Powburn, Northumberland, England by 1907
Harry G. Beasley, Sunningdale, by inheritance from the above
John J. Klejman, New York
Morton and Estelle Sosland, Kansas City

Hancock Museum, Newcastle, 1907

"Kotiate literally means 'cut liver'
and describes the shape of this club. All Maori short clubs are used as thrusting weapons in close infighting. After a blow to the temple the notches at the side were used, which, by a twist, lifted off the top of a skull. A chief carrying such a weapon would often challenge the opposing chief to single combat. The first to get in three blows won the duel and often the war." (Mead, 1985: cat. 96)
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