Maori spear

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Maori spear

New Zealand

Pouwhenua war staff

Carved wood and paua shell (abalone)
19th century
Height: 68 ½ in. (174 cm)

Ex collection Ernst Ohly, London, 1961
Ex collection Peter Schnell between 1961 and 2003
Ex Sotheby’s Paris, Dec 2003 lot 226
Ex private collection, France, acquired at the above sale

Pouwhenua Maori war club 174 cm / Galerie Flak Price on request
The elegantly shaped pouwhenua is a highly effective weapon in the hands of a skilled user. Its rau (blade) is larger and heavier than that of a taiaha club, and the opposite end tapers to a stabbing point. This 19th-century example has a small area of fine carving on the handle.

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