This short-handled hatchet (patiti) was fashioned from whalebone and iron. It is an example of the trade the Maori had with visiting Europeans and iron as a resource quickly replaced stone tools. Never used for throwing, Maori warriors skilfully employed the patiti for fighting at close quarters. Whalebone became more available in the 19th century through large scale whale hunting. Just off North Island’s south coast, Kapiti Island supported at least 5 whaling stations.
|Full Name||short-handled hatchet|
|Production country||New Zealand|
|Material||metal (iron); whalebone; cotton fibre|
|Collection class||Arms and armour|
|Production date||19th century|
|Production year high||1931|