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PRM0001345865179Staff, taiaha, of wood, from New Zealand; part of the Forster collection (Forster 111; 1886.1.1465)

Wooden staff/club, taiaha. Carved from a single piece of wood with inset eyes of haliotis shell. The 'business' end is in the form of a projecting tongue in the classical gesture of the Maori warrior's ritual challenge. Also used as an orator's staff


  PRM0001345875179Taiaha, side 2
PRM000122642Detail of carving

PRM0001298295179Ashmolean label
PRM0001298305179Ashmolean label