Maori Hand Club, New Zealand, 1500-1850
Lot 40
Maori Hand Club, New Zealand, 1500-1850
US$ 12,000 - 18,000
€ 9,800 - 15,000

African and Oceanic Art

5 Dec 2017, 13:00 PST

Los Angeles

Lot Details
Maori Hand Club, New Zealand, 1500-1850
Maori Hand Club, New Zealand, 1500-1850
mere pounamu
Nephrite (probably kawakawa variety)
height 10 1/8in (25.7cm)

Provenance
American Private Collection

Made from an especially attractive stone with ancient wear around the grip, this mere bears an old collection number "287" near the suspension hole and "3287" on the blade.

Steven Hooper notes, "Short clubs (generally known as penu) were both insignia of male warrior status and weapons. They were carried in the belt and had a short wristcord to prevent loss in combat. Nephrite was the most highly valued material in New Zealand, obtained from remote parts of the South Island. Raw stone and finished artefacts moved between groups via exchange relationships or as war trophies; objects made of nephrite were and are classified as great valuables (taonga)." (Pacific Encounters: Art & Divinity in Polynesia 1760-1860, The British Museum Press, 2006, p. 138)
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