Maori Art, Wood Carving, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Bone Koru (Spirals)
The Koru bone carving represents the fern frond as it opens bringing new life and purity to the world. It also represents peace, tranquility and spirituality, along with a strong sense of regrowth or new beginnings. The Koru is also associated with nurturing so when interlocked with others is frequently used to represe
Maori short hand-club weapons are designed for close quarter combat and used in a jabbing or striking motion with intent to kill or maim (and then kill) with a blow to the skull. From top left, clockwise - Mere, (mere pounamu/greenstone mere) was the exclusive name of the weapon made of pounamu in some regions but other regions had a broader meaning which included the similar patu weapons made from bone, stone and hardwood. Greenstone clubs sometimes absorbed blood into tiny fissures…
Two-handed weapons: taiaha
This impressive taiaha dates from about 1800. Its origins are unknown, but it is a fine example of this long two-handed weapon. The pointed end is carved in the shape of a head and is therefore termed the upoko. The protruding arero (tongue) provides the jabbing implement. Below the upoko is a ...
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The Patu belongs to the Meremere family of weapons. This Maori War Club is a plain but very lethal club. Patu means to Pierce and Chop and was used with great skill and dexterity during battle. This Maori Carving is a good representation of Maori Weapons and Maori Art.
19th century Maori bone hei tiki (highly polished). Provenance:…
19th century Maori bone hei tiki (highly polished). Provenance: Purchased at Dunbar Sloane Wellington 20.9.90, $670, Lot 15. Length 7.5 cm