Learn about Maori Artifacts - Important Notice

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Fine wahaika hand weapon, rounded blade finely carved with haehae and pataki surface decoration overall, two raised carved figures to either side of club, both with inlaid paua shell eyes, one holding mere pounamu also with carved manaia form sitting to th

Patu Paraora whalebone club, good example in traditional form with pierced hole to end for attachment.L.40.5 cm

Superb kotiate early 19th century whalebone short striking weapon of traditional form with manaia figure to butt, red inset to one eye and paua shell inset to other, length 33 cm

A naïve folk art carved Maori wahaika, in the manner of Capt. Gilbert Small, the blade with tiki heads and figure, the butt as a koruru head with paua eyes. Length 44 cm

Early New Zealand Maori taiaha club, carved head with paua shell eyes. Length 126 cm

A Maori club, 20th century, New Zealand, taiaha. Provenance: Private Collection Melbourne, length 157 cm

A Maori club, 19th century, New Zealand, tewhatewha / tewatewa. Provenance: Private Collection Melbourne, length 149 cm

An early Maori hand club, with finely executed design to both sides, face on handle terminus, minor chips have been repaired, 19th or early 20th century, New Zealand, length 41.5 cm

A Maori Childs Club (tiaha), New Zealand (early-mid 20th century), carved hardwood and shell inlay, 128 cm long

A Maori pre-European stone hand club (patu onewa), traditional spatulate blade with some chipping, narrowing to a reduced grip with three defined grooves to the butt end, hour-glass suspension hole, polished all over. Length 30.7 cm

Wahaika large flattened blade tapering to a sharp striking edge, inside edge decoration with a carved standing figure with arms to torso, dark brown rich patina, length 37 cm

Early wahaika of classic form, exteremely weathered, faint decoration to base and inside cutting edge pierced hole for attachment to top of handle, length 32.5 cm

Rare wahaika 19th century, male carved figure to back with long protruding tongue, four ridges to butt, square hole, length 35 cm. Provenance: Neil Darroch collection, formerly E.B. Williams collection, Hastings (early 20th century). Ref 90

An early/mid-20th century Maori finely carved wood Wahaika, fine lineal and notch detail including concentric swirl and lineal wide bands, good dark colour. Length 36.5 cm

Vintage finely carved New Zealand Maori fighting club (mere), approx 40 cm long

A good old (early 20th century) Maori greenstone mere (hand club), good dark green tone with paler inclusions, traditional wide spatulate blade, reduced grip with rounded butt end, no drill hole, good overall polish. With numerous old newspaper cuttings pe

A 19th century Maori carved whalebone Kotiate, traditional double bladed form with parallel sided handle terminating in a carved stylised mask end, drilled suspension hole, good old dark patina. Length 27.5 cm width 12.5 cm

Maori hand club wahaika, this hardwood club is finely incised over the entire blade with deep relief linear haehae carving. A finely carved ancestor figure on the side of the club with elliptical eyes, curved legs and hands held to the belly. The butt of t

20th century whale bone club, kotiate 30.5 cm length, registration pending

A New Zealand greenstone club, the tapering flat club of traditional design in deep green with black and white striations, and having a plaited leather cord attached to the handle. Length 30.5 cm

A modern Maori large carved whalebone wahaika (hand club), traditional curved bladed end with full figure to the mid-section, backing to a relief carved octopus, a further traditional stylised figure to the handle and butt end, paua shell inlaid disc eyes.

Superb and Important Hoeroa. This rare traditional whalebone long club was used as a striking weapon, stabbing spear, and missile weapon and was made from the lower jaw of the sperm whale. The is shaped to a transverse, convex edge and the top is finely ca

Wahaika. In classic form made from whalebone, carving to incurve and striking edge, a pierced hole to handle end. Rich dark patina. Length 36 cm. Width 9 cm

Superb Wahaika. All over deep relief linear haehae carving to blade. Female figure to incurve with hands wrapped around torso with carved moko to chins and cheek and eyes handle end with two finely carved manaia protruding tongues. Pierced hole for attachm

Mid 20th century whalebone wahaika (short club) traditional form with carved full figure to the blade curve 29.5 cm

A 19th century Maori patu onewa, basalt club with a ridged grip and circular hole for suspension, repaired, 43 cm long

A contemporary whalebone wahaika, carved by Louis Denolfo, the long hooked form spatulate blade with reduced grip, pierced suspension hole, stylised mask to butt end with protruding tongue and inlaid red wax eyes, stylised male full figure to back edge. Le

A 20th century Maori whalebone wahaika, carved in traditional manner with a profile figure to the blade edge, a stylised head to the butt end, drilled suspension hole, paua inset eyes. Length 35 cm

A 20th century Maori carved hardwood wahaika, the long hooked form spatulate blade with reduced grip, pierced suspension hole, stylised mask to butt end with protruding tongue and inlaid paua eyes. Good dark colourway. Length 51.5 cm.

Samoan paddle club, early 20th century. 101 cm.

Pair of pou pou posts, red ochre painted and carved with side profile ancestral figures holding kotiate. Height 135 cm. Width 28 cm. Provenance: Historically part of the fixtures at Queen Victoria school, Parnell.

A Maori club (taiaha), New Zealand (nineteenth century), carved hardwood and paua shell, 147.2 cm long. Provenance: Private Collection, United Kingdom. Private Collection, Melbourne

Whalebone kotiate. Flattened traditional form, with pierced holes to body and handle. Soft well used patina. Height 27.2 cm. Width 12.4 cm.

Whalebone kotiate. Carved whalebone in a traditional form with a symmetrical blade, manaia head with open mouth and protruding tongue to handle end. Length 29.2 cm. Width 14 cm

Whalebone kotiate. Classic form with carved decoration to handle and a pierced hole for attachment. Length 26.5 cm. Width 11.5 cm

Two early 20th century Maori carved figures. Woman in cloak with stone club, & male warrior. Spear has losses. Signed 'Hoko Pai' under base. Height 33 cm

Patu: Maori green stone hand club. Childs size, 20 cm

A superb early 19th century bone club (kotiate). Bi-lobed shape with carved head to handle, hourglass hole. Length 31 cm

A Maori wooden hand club (kotiate). Carved on both sides. Carved face to butt with square hole on handle. Length 35.1 cm

Patu paraoa, early whale bone hand club with a broad flared blade tapering to the handle section, faint inscription to the blade section. Provenance: This patu came into the possession of the current owner's family from Fiji in the 19th century.