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Object description

  • Maori artist
  • Wahaika (club), 1800-1806
  • Wood, flax fiber
  • New Zealand (Aotearoa)
  • H: 17 1/2 in, W: 6 1/2 in, D: 1 in (H: 44.4 cm, W: 16.5 cm, D: 2.5 cm)
  • Gift of Captain William Richardson, 1807
  • E5533


East India Marine Society Collection


Maori short club or wahaika made of light wood. There is a face at the end of the handle and a complicated female figure on the blade. The figure's shoulders and hips are decoated with spirals, and notched-rolling spirals adorn the legs and forearms; three fingers with clearly visible joints on each hand, and three toes on each foot. The lips, raised brows and eyes are defined by surface patterning. A wristband comprised of three braids is secured through a circular hole at the back of the head at the handle'e end. Further Remarks: From Bay of Islands area. Carved with stone tools. Donated by Capt. William Richardson 1807. Referenced in E.S. Dodge's 1941 publication of the New Zealand Maori collection of the Peabody Museum.