Spear club

Description
The taiaha is the Maori version of the spear club. Early examples are short and plain with no carving, while later examples are much longer and entirely covered with complex knotwork engraving. The tapering spatulate blade could be used much like a slashing sword, and the narrow end was decorated with a janiform pair of faces with protruding tongue.
Accession Loan No.
E1647
Collection Class
Arms and armour
Common Name
spear club
Simple Name
club
Full Name
spear club (taiaha)
Dimensions
whole length 1883 mm; whole width 69 mm
Production Year High
1874
Production Country
New Zealand
Production Area Region
Polynesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Family Group

Material
wood
Function Name
weapon
Collection Country
New Zealand
Collection Area Region
Australia and New Zealand
Collection Continent
Oceania

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