Patu paraoa / bone club (Waikato)

Production date
Pre 19th Century
Description
Whalebone was rare and highly prized in Maaori society. It was often used as a material in the production of taonga or treasures and weapons that were handed down through the generations. This large patu paraoa / whalebone club is sometimes referred to as a manu tere and is thought to be from the Waikato region.
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Object detail

Production date
Pre 19th Century
Media/Materials
Whale bone
Measurements
520 x 88 x 20mm
Department collection type
Credit line
Trust Waikato Art and Taonga Collection
Accession number
2007/24/1

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