Lot: 40

87th Tribal Art Auction

Club "patu"

New Zealand, Maori

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Austrian Private Collection
Zemanek-Münster, Würzburg, 25 May 2013, lot 45
Belgian Collection
H: 11.6 inch 3500 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

blade of green nephrite stone, polished, lense-shaped in diameter, edgeless rims aside, drilled hole, min. dam. Such clubs were considered the most prestigious of chiefly weapons. They were used like a sword with the main attacking stroke being a thrust with the tip after a series of parries and counterparries.

Mead, Sidney Moko (ed.), Te Maori, New York 1984, p. 225, ill. 149