New Zealand. the finial carved with a tiki head, handle laterally pierced, fragmentary old label, 28cm long
Provenance: Patricia Withofs, Australia, 1979.
"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)
The illustration in the printed catalogue is incorrectly numbered as lot 342