Stone Club, Patu Onewa
Maori, New Zealand, 19th C.
PROVENANCE: Paul Baus Collection, Kent Ohio; acquired from L. Sunde, Ethnografica Gallery, Copenhagen, in 1965.

In Maori culture, these stone clubs are known as Patu Onewa. They are some of the best examples of Maori stone-work and were used for close-combat fighting by Maori warriors.  This particular club is made of greywacke, a form of sandstone. There is a hole at the top from which a wrist cord would have been attached. There is a small, old chip at the bottom of one side of the club.

Height: 14.25 in.
IN 10-8-13 / SOLD