Lot: 42

101st Auction

Hand club "patu onewa"

New Zealand, Maori

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Hellmut Patzer, Silesia, Poland (acquired in the 1st half of the 20th century) L: 14.6 inch 15000 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

greywacke or basalt,

This type of short-handled club features a flat elongated blade with sharp striking edge. The term "patu" means to strike, hit or subdue in Maori.

Finely finished, these flat bladed weapons could be made from wood, stone, whalebone and even prestigious greenstone.

Kaeppler, Adrienne, Polynesia, Honolulu 2010, p. 348, ill. 491