club (club)


The patu onewa is often considered a hand-club of secondary interest due to the remarkable colour and patterning of the greenstone clubs. However, its painstaking grinding out from greywacke achieved a polish on the fine-grained stone which brought out its purplish undertones and the speckling of white crystals which, in finer examples like E1633, can make its surface resemble a starry night sky. It is no coincidence that the prototypical handclubs excavated from archaic Maori sites of the early 2nd Millennium AD are grey stone clubs of greywacke or basalt; the style of 18th and 19th century examples represents the culmination of centuries of careful refinement in artefact style and stoneworking technique, which only latterly diversified into more ornamental stones.

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