It is a hard and tough stone making it very useful. The mere patu was a pre-European Maori invention, but more importantly it was a chieftainly artefact, a symbol of power and wisdom. Greenstone mere were important heirlooms too, and are to this day. History: a Mere is a short flat club shaped like a large tear drop.
It is the same design as a Patu; but the difference is Patus are made of wood, stone, whereas Meres are made of Greenstone (jade). This mere was held in one hand and was used hand to hand. The mere was a highly prized item as it requires an incredible amount of work to make. They were often passed on from one generation to the next.
Warriors who carried a greenstone mere were considered to possess great strength and honor. This is a stunning recent New Zealand hand made example of high.
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