kotiate, wahaika (club) - Maori artefacts
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71 item(s) found, 1-50 shown:
A good 19th century wahaika
, the blade carved with deep linear and haehae carving. The incurve carved with a Wheku head carved in relief with protruding tongue, the handle pierced for wrist suspension and terminating in a further wheku head. Length 35 cm Y
A good whale bone wahaika
, the incurve carved with a manaia figure in high relief with hands placed to abdomen, the handle pierced for wrist suspension terminating in a carved wheku head. Length 32 cm
Wahaika deep strong carving
style in the form of a manaia face. Two inset eyes and a mouth with tongue protruding. All over decoration of triple haehae and pataki notching small head to base of handle also with inlaid eyes. Pierced hole with attached harak
Superb whalebone kotiate
, finely carved in a formal manner, the beautifully symmetrical blade reflects the work of a master carver the surface holds a soft used patina suggesting good age and use a powerfully resolved manaia form guards the kotiate and its
, blade carved all over with deep relief linear haehae carving. Male figure to incurve with hands wrapped around torso finely carved manaia end with protruding tongue. Pierced hole for attachment. Length 39 cm. Width 11 cm
19th century Maori carved
whalebone kotiate, the traditional blade of double lobed form with carved notches to either side, the straight sided grip terminating in a traditional wheku head inset with paua shell eyes, the suspension hole tapering from each s
A very rare late 18th century
stone carved hand club (patuki), with triangular cross section. Highly carved all over in swirl pattern with eight paua shell inlays. Length 44 cm. Width 6.5 cm
An early 18th century Maori
wooden club (wahaika), of good quality and heavy weight. Figure on the side has paua shell eyes. Slight very old chip in the blade. Overall worn condition in keeping with its age. Length 36 cm
A Maori whalebone hand club
(patu Pararoa). Large flared profile with staining and blotchy appearance, possibly from swamp immersion. Blade narrowing to grip with flared butt. Straight sided suspension holes. Four minor chips to circumference of blade. Len
A fine contact period Maori
whalebone club (patu paraoa), with five rings to the butt and good wear to the suspension hole. Length 41 cm. Width 9.5 cm
A superb early 19th century
whalebone hand club (kotiate), with engraved human head to butt. Red wax in one of the eyes. Excellent patina. Length 31.5 cm. Width 16 cm
A good 19th century Maori
carved whalebone kotiate, the traditional blade of double lobed form with carved notches to either side, the straight sided grip terminating in a traditional head with open mouth and exposed tongue, the suspension hole tapering fr
, a finely carved wooden club with all-over, deep-relief linear h'h' carving to blade with dog-tooth notching. Strong manaia head to incurve with two inset paua eyes and pierced hole on handle for attachment. Light-brown patina. Length 41 cm. W
, of classic form with a rounded blade; a masterfully carved manaia form sitting to the incurve, and another fine head carved to the butt of the weapon. Hole to base of handle for attachment. Soft, early patina. Length 34 cm. Width 11.1 cm
Whalebone patu early club
carved from whalebone in traditional form with soft, early patina. Pierced hole for attachment. Length 35 cm. Width 8.7 cm
Patu Onewa fine stone club in
traditional form. Smooth finish and hourglass-shaped suspension hole. Base of handle carved with five ridged linear lines in ovoid form. Length 29.7 cm. Width 8.4 cm
Early mere pounamu - greenstone
hand club, a highly valued and important cultural symbol of mana (authority and prestige) as well as an effective weapon during the pre-musket era. Mere of this form are very rare and hard to come by. Stone-tooled with no ri
A 19th century Maori patu
Paraoa (whalebone hand club) with traditional wide tapered spatulate blade, reduced grip, circular drilled lashing hole and four concentric incised grooves to the butt with fine detailed ridges, good old colour and patina. Length
A 19th century wooden carved
Maori kotiate, remnants of wax in the eyes, with paua shell inlays. Fully carved with human faces. Carved face to butt with protruding tongue. Length 35 cm.
An 18th century Patu Onewa
(stone club) three grooves to butt. Has a crack to the cutting edge, but has been expertly repaired. Length 34.5 cm.
A Maori carved patu onewa
(stone hand club) of good proportions, traditional form with spatulate tapered blade, reduced grip, the butt end with four concave curved bands, hour-glass suspension hole, matt polished finish. Length 35.7 cm.
An old Maori carved patu paraoa
(whalebone hand club), the traditional wide spatulate blade with remains of old label, tapered grip, ovoid butt end forming to a point, counter sunk suspension hole, semi-polished finish. Length 40.5 cm. Provenance: Old labe
A late 19th century Maori
carved kotiate, Whakairo carving to both sides, the lower blade with Koruru mask, linial and notch framing, mask to butt end, linial and notch detail to the grip, paua inset eyes (one missing), dark semi-matt patina
, finely carved with a beautifully symmetrical blade above a tubular handle with a powerfully resolved manaia form which guards the Kotiate and its master. Legend has it that a chief carrying such weapon would often challenge the opposing chi
, all over deep relief linear h'h' carving to blade. Male and female coupling figures to incurve with hands wrapped around torso with carved moko to chins and cheek. Masks with protruding split tongue to either side of handle above a finely c
, of classic form with a large rounded blade a masterfully carved manaia form sitting to the incurve and another finely carved head to the butt of the weapon both inlaid with paua shell (some loss) and a pierced hole to base of handle for attac
An early/mid-19th century Maori
carved patuki (wooden hand club) 'Of a Higher Ranking Person', the square section blade with fine linial and notch repeat carving and with a band of 12 detailed manaia and koruru masks, lobed grip and a stylised full head ca
, flat and broad with basic carving to the butt of the handle. Proceeds will be donated to the Christchurch earthquake relief effort. Height 31.5 cm. Width 14.5 cm.
, a narrow club with manaia form to the incurve. Proceeds will be donated to the Christchurch earthquake relief effort. Height 33.5 cm. Width 8.5 cm.
, with beautifully precise carving including triple h'h' lines and dog-tooth notching to the balde and manaia head to the handle. Proceeds will be donated to the Christchurch earthquake relief effort. Height 29.5 cm. Width 13 cm.
, finely carved in a formal manner the beautifully symmetrical blade offers a complex triple h'h' and pakati surface design which reflects the work of a master carver, the shaft hold a finely worn patina suggesting great age and use. a powerf
Patu onewa-stone hand club
, the slender oval argillite blade reducing to the grip section, the handle with pieced hourglass suspension hole, terminating in a rounded butt with three curved lineage lines (chipped to the blade edge). Length 30.5 cm W.8 cm
A fine 18th centurypatu paraoa
-whale bone hand club, the large, well balanced broad oval shaped blade gracefully reducing to the grip section, the handle with pierced countersunk suspension hole, terminating in seven well defined ridges. Length 44 cm W. 1
19th century Maori whalebone
kotiate (short club). Two figures carved on each side of the blade, paua shell eye insets (one missing). Manaia carved butt, with wax infill eyes. Length 34.5 cm. (Ex Webster part 1, November 2002 auction)
Early 19th century Maori wooden
short club (wahaika). Carved human figure (marakihau) on incurve and a carved head to butt. Knots in pohutukawa wood and wood is a bit stressed. Sometime in 19th century a steel-bit hole has been drilled. Length 35 cm
Whalebone - Kotiate
, of balanced proportions with carved manaia head and inlayed eyes. Length 33 cm. Width 14.3 cm
Wahaika - wooden short hand
club, of large proportions with carved figure to incurve, with hands resting on the torso, the handle has a suspension hole for attachment. Variated mid-brown patina. Early 20th century length 38 cm. Width 16.5 cm
Patu Onewa - stone short hand
club, a fine stone club, smoothly finished, hourglass hole terminating into base with three ridged butt. 19th century. Length 32 cm. Width 8 cm
Superb Wahaika - wooden short
hand club, all-over deep relief, offering curved triple ridge h'h' and dog-tooth notching extending into fish-scale h'h' form; five circles to either side framed with dog-tooth and triple h'h'. Masterfully carved female manaia
18th century part of an ancient
whale bone hand club (Patu Pararoa). It has probably been buried in a swamp or submerged at sea. This piece is the blade end with four holes drilled at a later stage, having probably been adapted for another use. If complete
Contact period Maori wooden
club (kotiate). Fiddle shape with good patina, stone carved human head motif with paua shell eyes on butt. Round handle and good weight, inscribed, 'From Hawkes Bay'. Length 32 cm
Late pre-European 18th century
Maori wooden short club (wahaika). Carved human figure (marakihau) on incurve and a carved head to the butt. Round suspension hole, excellent patina to handle. Length 42 cm
A Maori club, of bone
, the ovoid section shaft decorated with incised circular motifs with ancestor head at terminal, New Zealand , 59 cm