Title / object name
Pouwhenua (long handled pointed fighting staff)
|Maker ||Role ||Date |
|Unknown ||carver ||1800-1900 |
|Overall ||1782 (Height) x 175 (Length) x 37 (Width) mm|
Pouwhenua, staff weapons
Bequest of Kenneth Athol Webster, 1971
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.