Maori Long Club, New Zealand
- haliotis iris, wood
- Length: 77 1/8 in (196 cm)
Private Collection, acquired from the above
This taiaha has a ripple-like surface which accentuates the beautiful grain, or kakano, of the wood. Augustus Hamilton wrote that "in an old specimen, the surface of the weapon [...] has a peculiar ripple-like feel, caused by the scraping or smoothing of the surface with the edge of a shell or some similar cutting edge." (Hamilton, The Art Workmanship of the Maori Race in New Zealand, Wellington, 1896, p. 177).