Spear club

Description
This two-handed fighting staff was not only a weapon but also a staff of office for a chief. Decoration included paua shell, wool and dog hair but this example is adorned with a collar of kiwi feathers. Carved with a face and a protruding tongue (apoko) this tip would challenge a visitor to determine if they were friend or foe.
Accession Loan No.
126/1935/2
Collection Class
Arms and armour
Common Name
spear club
Simple Name
club
Full Name
spear club (taiaha)
Dimensions
whole length 813 mm; whole W 64 mm
Cultural Group
Maori
Production Year High
pre 1935
Production Country
New Zealand
Production Area Region
Polynesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Family Group

Material
; haliotis shell; kiwi feathers
Function Name
weapon
Collection Country
New Zealand
Collection Area Region
Australia and New Zealand
Collection Continent
Oceania

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