18th Century New Zealand Maori Carved Wood War Club Tewhatewha
Is a long-handled Mori club weapon shaped like an axe. Designed to be held in two hands, the weapon comes to a mata (point) at one end and a rapa (broad, quarter-round head) at the other. This long club was designed for sparring and lightning strokes and thrusts, aided by quick footwork on the part of the wielder. The blows were not struck with the blade as one would with an axe, but rather with the thicker straight front edge. It was common for tewhatewha to be decorated with a bunch of split pigeon or hawk feathers which hang from a drilled hole near the lower edge of the extension. This decoration may have also had the added benefit of distracting or confusing the wielder's opponent. The item "18th Century New Zealand Maori Carved Wood War Club Tewhatewha" is in sale since Friday, November 29, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Pacific Islands & Oceania". The seller is "manuantiques" and is located in Honolulu, Hawaii. This item can be shipped worldwide.