Chief's staff "taiaha"
New Zealand, Maori
|British Private Collection||H: 58.3 inch||sold|
wood, base "Taiaha" were primarily insignias of rank. Except for hand-to-hand combat, they were used in ceremonial displays, as well as to emphasize points of oratory. The staffs were designed for parrying, with the spatula-shaped end used as the striking part. The movements associated with "taiaha" usage as a fighting weapon were carefully taught according to fixed rules.