VINTAGE MAORI TIKI WOODEN KOTIATE PATU WAR CLUB BY RUIHANA NEW ZEALAND TRIBAL. SUPERB SIGNED VINTAGE HANDCARVED MAORI KOTIATE PATU. Presenting an exceptional vintage Maori Kotiate Patu which has been expertly handcarved from one solid piece of timber by the artist Ruihana of Rotorua, New Zealand in 1986. This superb Maori Patu club has been beautifully carved into a traditional Kotiate shape. Kotiate translates to mean to cut or divide the liver, which is taken from the violin shaped form which resembles the lobed part of a liver.
The front face of the Kotiate features carved scrolls adorning each of the four lobes, surrounding a central uncarved panel which is decorated with a singular inlaid paua shell disc. A carved Tiki adorns the butt of the patu and is finished with an inlaid paua shell eye. A singular central inlaid paua shell disc appears to the reverse side of this beautifully shaped club. This piece is signed and dated by the artist to the reverse side of the handle "Ruihana 1986". The original paper label also remains in place to the reverse.The original brown fibre cord remains threaded through a hole within the handle. This piece is presented in excellent vintage condition with no cracks, breaks or repairs. The inlaid paua shell remains stable and free of cracks. This fine example has developed a lovely mellow patina that only time can bring. This piece has been very well cared for and presents spectacularly. This impressive Kotiate Patu measures approx 390mms in length and 140mms in width. This fabulous piece would make a fine addition to any Kiwiana, Maori, Pacific Islands, Oceanic or Tribal art collection! A perfect gift idea for any person who appreciates Maori culture or Tribal art.
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The item "VINTAGE MAORI TIKI WOODEN KOTIATE PATU WAR CLUB BY RUIHANA NEW ZEALAND TRIBAL" is in sale since Monday, May 14, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Pacific Islands & Oceania". The seller is "threetreefrogs" and is located in melbourne. This item can be shipped worldwide.