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Club pouwhenua

Club pouwhenua

Place: New Zealand
Category: War

wood, New Zealand, l. 122 cm, Inv. Oz 284

Humphrey No. 301 (?): ‘An instrument serving occasionally either as a Lance, a paddle or a Battle axe, from New Zealand. ‘Tis of wood.’

Club made of reddish-brown wood, with a small ornament above the grip end. Comparable items may be found in Stockholm (Söderström 1939: 48) and Cambridge (Shawcross 1970: 317f.). Markus Schindlbeck


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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