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Short Club (Wahaika)

Short Club (Wahaika)

mid 1800s

Wood

Overall: 35.6 cm (14 in.)

The Mary Spedding Milliken Memorial Collection, Gift of William Mathewson Milliken 1964.455

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The wahaika, carried in a belt, was used by the Maori in hand-to-hand combat. Early, undecorated clubs were made of stone. Bone and wood clubs were decorated with increasingly complex carved designs. The small figure clinging to the side of this club may well represent the supernatural power (mana) of the weapon, while the face at the end of the grip expresses the aggression of combat.

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