Exceptional and Rare Maori Hand Club, New Zealand length 15 5/8in (40cm)
Lot 72
Exceptional and Rare Maori Hand Club, New Zealand length 15 5/8in (40cm)
Sold for US$ 32,500 inc. premium

Lot Details
Maori Wahaika
Exceptional and Rare Maori Hand Club, New Zealand
wahaika rāhau
Wood
length 15 5/8in (40cm)

Provenance:
American Private Collection
Joel Cooner, Dallas, Texas
Mark and Carolyn Blackburn, Honolulu, Hawaii

Published:
Kaeppler, Adrienne, The Mark and Carolyn Blackburn Collection of Polynesian Art (2010, fig. 498)

According to Kaeppler, "This powerful weapon has a beautifully carved figure with legs opened to the sides and a square hole for inserting a fiber cord. It may be from the Gisborne area and shows evidence of being used in combat" (2010: p. 350)

"This type of curved wooden hand club was used for close infighting. The weapon is handled rather like a short sword and is used for thrusting, with the blow being made by the end not the sides. The figures on the sides and butt are mythological. It should be noted that the shape of a wahaika (literally, fish mouth) is quite distinctive and differs from all other short hand clubs of the patu category" (Mead, 1985: p. 188)
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