Tewhatewha / long-handled weapon (Waikato)

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The tewhatewha is a weapon shaped like an axe with a long handle ending in a point usually with a cluster of feathers suspended just below the blade. It had a dual purpose in battle both as a means of signalling other warriors and also as a highly effective weapon. This particular example has a profile weka head carved two thirds down the shaft and is thought to have originated in the Waikato.
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Mid brown wood with strongly figured grained blade extension, pierced with a hole for feather suspension. A profile weka head carved two thirds down the shaft.
1120 x 150 x 30mm
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Trust Waikato Art and Taonga Collection
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