Maori Hand carved wood Sculpture, Wahaika (War Club), Authentic New Zealand Craft. Amazing hand carved traditional wooden Wahaika with Paua Shell inlay, war club carved by a Maori master craftman in the way of a millenary tradition. Size: 390mm Long (15.6 Inches).
The Maori people being fierce warriors used a wide range of hand weapons. The Wahaika is one of the many forms of fighting club used by Maori warriors and was reserved for only the highest ranking and most respected fighters. It is often given as a ceremonial piece on special occasions.
The carved figure on the edge represents either a sacred ancestor or the god of war. The Wahaika was held so that the figure faced the warrior so it could see over his shoulder to protect his back. Maori warriors were fierce fighters and in the close confines of New Zealands dense bush, small hand weapons were the most practical to use.
They were most often carved in stone or jade and were used like a knife with a stabbing movement so needed the strong wrist tether to keep them in the hand while fighting. Check out for other works from New Zealand craftsmen in our catalog. Please refer to pictures and judge by yourself, if you have any questions just ask and we'll be very happy to assist you. By subscribing to our Newsletter you will receive the latest info about our incomparable auctions, preference bonus and more benefits! So please visit our store now and see why we represent a magnificent choice when it comes to Fine Online Auctions.The item "Maori Hand carved wood Sculpture, Wahaika (War Club), Authentic New Zealand Craft" is in sale since Tuesday, June 4, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Australian". The seller is "thecollectionexperts" and is located in Manukau. This item can be shipped worldwide.