Fine Antique Tribal New Zealand Maori Tewhatewha Chief's War Club Staff
Of typical form, finely carved janus head two thirds of the way down the shaft, lacking its shell inlay. Suspension hole from which feathers were hung, 19th century in date. These chiefly staffs were used in battle for signalling, but also made an effective weapon, with a stabbing point, and when used as a stricking weapon with the back edge of the blade. 134.5cm long.