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A Māori short club, mere, New Zealand

Lot Closed

January 19, 02:55 PM GMT


25,000 - 40,000 GBP

Lot Details


A Māori short club, mere, New Zealand

greenstone, or pounamu, of kawakawa type, with an engraved silver plaque on chain, hallmarked London 1891, which reads This Mere pounamu bears the historic name / of "Aotearoa" Paora Tuhnere Chief of the Ngati-Whatna / tribe of Maoris attended by many followers in a War Canoe visited / Admiral Tryon on board the H.M.S Nelson. Ohiwa when at Auckland New Zealand / Jan 1st 1885 and formally presented him with the "Mere" / For six generations as measured by their Chiefs own genealogy / it has been in their possession. it had been more than once / buried with the remains of his ancestors in accordance with old Maori custom / when the Admiral asked him / "But what will your successors say when they are told / that you gave away that which had been handed down by / your ancestors for you and your tribe to preserve? / "The Chief replied at once / "When they are told that it was given by Paora Tuhnere / to a big Sea Chief sent out to us by our "Great Mother" / the Queen they will say Paora Tuhnere did well", on a bespoke metal and ebonised wood stand

37cm. long

Pāora Tūhaere (c. 1825 - 1892), leader of the Ngāti Whātua iwi;
Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon (1832 – 1893), received as a gift from the above on January 1, 1886 [contrary to the inscription, which states January 1, 1885]
“The War Canoe Race with the Man-of-War”, New Zealand Herald, Vol. XXIII, No. 7526, January 4, 1886, p. 6 (mentioned)