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Object: Kotiate (short hand club)

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Title Kotiate (short hand club)
Production Unknown (carver), 1769-1850, New Zealand
Materials wood
Classification Kotiate, edged weapons
Technique woodcarving
Dimensions Overall: 340mm (Length) x 160mm (Width) x 35mm (Depth)
Credit line Gift of Lord St Oswald, 1912
Registration number ME002492
The kotiate is variant form of the short handled striking weapon. The name kotiate, which means to cut or divide the liver (koti = cut in two or divide; ate = liver), is probably taken from its shape, which resembles the lobed part of the human liver. This kotiate was formerly part of the Lord St Oswald collection (United Kingdon), which includes a number of items collected during Captain James Cook voyages to New Zealand between 1769 and 1777. Lord St Oswalds collection was presented to the Dominion Museum of New Zealand in 1912.

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