Maori Long Club/Fighting Staff, New Zealand
Lot 85Y
Maori Long Club/Fighting Staff, New Zealand
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Maori Long Club/Fighting Staff, New Zealand Maori Long Club/Fighting Staff, New Zealand
Lot Details
Maori Long Club/Fighting Staff, New Zealand
taiaha
Wood, paua shell
height 60 3/4in (154.3cm)

Provenance:
Louis Lemaire, Amsterdam
Private Collection, Netherlands, acquired from the above in 1980

With inlaid paua shell eyes and finely incised with decoration on the point of the staff, however unfinished on one side; fine, reddish-brown patina.

It is of note to observe that one side of the staff point is unfinished. Most likely, the artist died before completing his work, and because it was considered taboo for another artist to finish the work in fear of disrupting the mana of the people in general, it would have been intentionally left unfinished.
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