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Object: Pouwhenua (long handled pointed fighting staff)

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Title Pouwhenua (long handled pointed fighting staff)
Production Unknown (carver), 1800-1900, New Zealand
Medium summary Wood
Materials wood
Classification Pouwhenua, staff weapons
Technique woodcarving
Dimensions Overall: 1782mm (Height) x 175mm (Length) x 37mm (Width)
Credit line Bequest of Kenneth Athol Webster, 1971
Registration number WE000906
A large and very heavy pouwhenua with a massive, broad rau (blade), and a rich dark patina. The pouwhenua belongs to the same class of weapon as the tewhatewha and taiaha, a long handled fighting weapon designed for stabbing, parrying and striking. In the hands of an expert weapons like the pouwhenua were highly effective and could deliver death with a single blow delivered at lightning speed.

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