Sword and sheath

A forged metal blade with a handle carved out of an antler. The handle is heavily and intricately carved at the top and then etched in design down the neck before being bound by a strips of plaited fibre.The handle is representative of an animal head. The sheath is made of two lengths of wood bound together with split bamboo and has a rope handle attached. Formerly a war weapon.
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Steel blade, wooden sheath, handle carved from antler and natural fibre binding, possibly split bamboo[?].
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Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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