- Museum number
Whalebone club, patu paraoa : very heavy, dense, crystalline jawbone, highly polished; extremely thick blade, shoulders, old hole, three low ridges on butt.
- Curator's comments
Starzecka, Neich & Pendergrast 2010
Marked in ink: ‘Brought by Captain Cook. W. H. Pepys F.R.S.’
Provenance: Cook Collection.
Register: ‘13… An inscription explains that it was presented by Capt. Cook to the late Mr Pepys, F.R.S.’; ‘Bought at sale of W.H. Pepys Esq. F.R.S. to whom it was given by Cook.’ Handwritten label: ‘… New Zealand… chiefs to… presented by Captain Cook to the… Wm H Pepys F.R.S. purchased at his sale.’
Comments: eighteenth century; South Island (?) (DRS).
References: Christy 1862: 65.13; Kaeppler 1978: 190; Starzecka 1979: fig. 53; Te Awekotuku 1996: 39.
Slip "St.827". From Slips (in turn from labels): "Bought [by Henry Christy] at sale of W.H.Pepys Esq. F.R.S. to whom it was given by [Captain] Cook". See also St.851, 852 and 852.a.
Steinhauer Catalogue of Christy Collection (pub.1862), p.65.no.13. This item also described in error under the number "827" (second Slip) in Christy "Four Figure" series (mentioned in Four Figure Register). The correct number is "St.827". (AMD,4/1996).
- On display (G1/wp96)
- Exhibition history
1979 – 1980 15 Feb-29 Sept, London, BM, Museum of Mankind, Captain Cook in the South Seas
1987 May- Oct, Tonbridge, Penshurst Place, Captain Cook
1998 27 Jun-1 Nov, London, BM, Maori
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Collected during one of Cook's voyages.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc186?C5.827 (old CDMS no.)
Previous owner/ex-collection number: Oc.827 (Second Christy "Four Figure" Slip, in error)