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: E1098.e

: Ethnography

: club

: hani (taiaha)

: Long Club; a long wooden shaft with a spatulate convex distal end, which becomes less flat as it thins out towards a blunt proximal point which is intricately carved to represent a head, of which the proximal point represents a tongue, carved on the popular double spiral motif [Buck, 1966, 276]. There are four mother of pearl shell inlays to represent eyes, one is missing. There is a hole drilled in the spatulate convex distal end 5mm in circumference and 10mm in from the end. The rippled surface suggests production by stone tools.

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: New Zealand, Oceania / Australasia, Pacific

: Maori