Replica of a Maori hand club

This replica in metal of a Maori patu / mere or hand club is one of a number commissioned by the naturalist Sir Joseph Banks who had seen examples of short clubs used for close-range fighting made from stone, bone or wood. This club is in the style of the basalt patu onewa. It bears Banks' coat of arms and the date 1772.

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Replica of a Maori hand club

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