CHEF MASSUE or COMBAT TEwhatewha
Maori Culture, New Zealand, Polynesia
Late 19th-early 20th century.
Height: 128 - L.15 - Thickness 3 cm
Wooden mass whose distal part recalls the shape of an axe. It is entirely engraved with spiral incisions on both sides. The small hole visible at the base of the edge once allowed a feather to hang on to it - the only ornament that these puzzles supported. The long two-sided handle becomes cylindrical to allow for better grip. It is punctuated by a decoration of engraved sinuous lines. The lower end ends at a tip.
As a weapon of war, these clubs were used to strike with the cutting edge. It was used the other way around when one wanted to give the fatal blow to his enemy.
It is said that these tewhatewha clubs, reserved for the chiefs, were brandished in order to start the fighting. They are now the symbol of command in the Royal New Zeland Navy.
“Heavy on one side and sharp on the other, served to strike and pierce” - Letters from the Marist missionaries in Oceania.
- Clube do chefe
- Nome do objeto indígena
- Grupo étnico / cultura
- Nova Zelândia
- Final do século XIX
- Vendido com suporte
- 128×15×3 cm