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Object: Patu onewa (hand club)

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Title Patu onewa (hand club)
Production Unknown (stonemason), 1800-1850, New Zealand
Materials greywacke
Classification Patu önewa, edged weapons, clubs
Technique grinding, polishing
Dimensions Overall: 370mm (Length) x 93mm (Width) x 30mm (Depth)
Credit line Purchased 1979
Registration number ME014091

The patu onewa is perhaps the most common form of short handled weapon represented in museum collections today. Made from stone they were hammer dressed, pecked, and finally ground and polished using varying grades of sandstone until they were perfectly finished. In fact patu onewa are remarkably regular and uniform in appearance and universally finished to a very high standard.

This patu onewa was acquired in England from a Mrs Richmond of Leicester about 1959, and later sold to the museum by the Gregory family in 1979.

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