Spear club

The taiaha is the Maori version of the spear club. Early examples are short and plain with no carving, while later examples are much longer and entirely covered with complex knotwork engraving. The tapering spatulate blade could be used much like a slashing sword, and the narrow end was decorated with a janiform pair of faces with protruding tongue.

Object Summary

Museum Number E1648
Simple Name weapon
Full Name spear club
Collection Country New Zealand
Common Name spear club
Production country New Zealand
Material wood
Collection class Arms and armour
Collection continent Oceania
Collection area/region Australia and New Zealand
Production continent Oceania
Production year high 1875
Function name weapon