Lot 106
  • 106

Maori Short Weapon, New Zealand

10,000 - 15,000 USD
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  • wood
  • Length: 16 7/8 in (43 cm)


Reportedly James Hooper, Arundel
John J. Klejman, New York
Frieda and Milton Rosenthal, Harrison, acquired from the above on January 3, 1975
Sotheby's, New York, the Collection of Frieda and Milton Rosenthal: African and Oceanic Art, November 14, 2008, lot 110
Jacqueline Fowler, Connecticut, acquired at the above auction

Catalogue Note

Although generally described as a club, this form of short weapon, wahaika, was not used as a bludgeon but with a thrusting and cleaving movement that was highly effective in the close quarter fighting favored by Maori. The butt of the club, reke, is carved with a head, whilst a finely carved figure appears above the handle - a characteristic features of wahaika. Like other weapons, wahaika also appeared "in ceremony and speech making [...] used by rangatira [hereditary chiefs] to accentuate the delivery of particular points." (Evans, Maori Weapons in Pre-European New Zealand, Auckland, 2002, p. 38).