Club (Patu onewa)

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-269743

Description

Maori (New Zealand/Aotearoa) short club or patu onewa, hand-held club made of grey-green stone. Club has a spatula-shaped blade polished to an edge. There are three parallel lines carved at the base of the handle with a hole above that would have originally had a flax or dogskin loop that wrapped around the wrist. The club would have been used in a thrusting manner during close combat. Patu onewa were considered a sign of status and prestige.

Details

Descriptive Terms

clubs (weapons)
stone (rock)
string (fiber product)
Club

Inscription

"Handle with Care/S.W.P./New Zealand/Mere" (Written on brown paper wrapping the club was found in. )

Associated Building

Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Region

Dimensions

3 7/8 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3609

Reference Notes

http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/search.aspx?term=patu onewa