These two Māori clubs offer a fascinating way to think about the significance objects acquire and represent in different societies and cultural encounters. Both clubs were originally wielded by warriors in close combat. From this starting point, we can trace two parallel stories: one exemplifies the way in which taonga (treasured objects) in Māori society acquired power; the other leads to European exploration in the late AD 1700s and the individuals associated with it.
both made of whalebone
length: 38.9 cm
width: 8.7 cm
diameter: 1.5 cm
no dimensions available for second object
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