Maori Fighting Staff, taiaha
Lot 306WY
Maori Fighting Staff, New Zealand
Sold for US$ 8,750 inc. premium
Auction Details
Maori Fighting Staff, taiaha
Lot Details
Maori Fighting Staff, New Zealand
length 80 1/2in (203.2cm)
Wood, Haliotis shell (paua)

James Hooper Collection (No. 228)
Lynda Cunningham, New York
Private Collection, New York

Phelps (1976: cat. 228)

"Along with the patu the late Classic Maori also carried a weapon of the quarterstaff type, wielded with both hands in a variety of thrusts, parries and feints. The most common was the taiaha, one end flattened to a narrow blade, the other carved as a distorted double-face head, the point representing a tongue issuing forth in the typical Maori gesture of defiance." (Phelps, 1976: p 31)
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