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Club patu onewa

Club patu onewa

Place: New Zealand
Category: War

basalt, plant fibre, New Zealand, l. 35.5 cm, w. 9.5 cm, Inv. Oz 278

Forster Register A.2 (?): ‘four shorter [Pata-patu from New Zealand]’

Flat club made of dark basalt, with hole (fully) drilled through at the grip end, strap made of twisted twine, doubled.

The basalt patu were so much admired by Banks that he had bronze copies made with his own emblem to take with him as gifts on the second voyage (Kaeppler 1978a: 190). Comparable clubs may be found in the Florence Collection (Giglioli 1893: 23f., figure in Kaeppler 1978b: 91), as well as in Stockholm (Söderström 1939: 49), Vienna (Moschner 1955: 143f.), and Cambridge (Shawcross 1970: 312) (see also Kaeppler 1978a: 191 for further examples). Markus Schindlbeck


Giglioli, Enrico H, Appunti intorno ad una collezione etnografica fatta durante it terzo viaggio di Cook, Florence, 1893.

Kaeppler, Adrienne L, ‘Artificial Curiosities’ Being An Exposition of Native Manufactures Collected on the Three Pacific Voyages of Captain James Cook RN [Exhibition catalogue], Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, 1978a.

Kaeppler, Adrienne L, Cook Voyage Artifacts in Leningrad, Berne and Florence Museums, Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, 1978b.

Moschner, Irmgard, ‘Die Wiener Cook-Sammlung, Südsee-Teil’, Archiv fur Völkerkunde, Vienna and Stuttgart, 1955, vol. 10, pp. 136-253.

Shawcross, Wilfred, ‘The Cambridge University collection of Maori artifacts, made on Captain Cook’s “first voyage”’, Journal of the Polynesian Society, 1970, vol. 79, no. 3, pp. 305-348.

Söderström, Jan, A. Sparrman’s Ethnographical Collection from James Cook’s 2nd Expedition (1772-75), New Series, Publication no. 6, The Ethnographical Museum of Sweden, Stockholm, 1939.

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