- Museum number
Whalebone club, hoeroa : proximal end with variant carving of pakura and two perforations, slight shoulders with double grooves on each edge at mid blade.
- Production date
Height: 136 centimetres
Width: 7.50 centimetres
Depth: 10.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Starzecka, Neich & Pendergrast 2010
Faded inscription on blade: ‘Mr W.C. Hill … Edward Queen St Auckland’. Also marked: ‘Beasley collection
New Zealand 3357’.
Provenance: Beasley Collection. Beasley no. 3337 (incorrect; should be 3357).
Comments: Hokianga, eighteenth century (DRS).
Beasley catalogue: 3357, registered 3 December 1933, ‘A whalebone hoeroa having the handle carved with a conventional face, and with two raised stops in the middle of the blade. Written in ink upon the blade is: Mr W.C. Hill c/o M. Edwards. Queen Street, Auckland. Length 53 ½ in. Bought H. Andrade, 20 Portland Square, Plymouth.’
These clubs are close-quarters staff weapons made from either wood or whalebone and used for short, sharp strikes or stabbing thrusts.
See D.C. Starzecka, R. Neich, M. Pendergrast, The Maori Collections of the British Museum, London, The British Museum Press, 2010, pp. 80-81
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: 3357 (Original Beasley Collection Number)