Commission
Artist
NZMACI
Material
Totara (NZ Native)
Form
Patu Wahaika Kotiate
Size
345x110x30mm

Wahaika Kotiate (hand weapon)

Hand weapon

Carved by Jason Hina

The word Patu (meaning to strike or hit) encompasses a range of short weapons made from native hardwood, bone & stone. Namely; the 'Patu' which was often sharp at their forward edge and were used with thrusting, jabbing and swinging blows. Māori weapons are notable for their fine sculptural form and were designed for close hand-to-hand combat. No other stone-age war implements surpassed them in deadly effectiveness.