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THE LATE CLASSIC MAORI WARRIOR CARRIED A 'PATU' AND ALSO 'TAIAHA' , A WEAPON MUCH LIKE A QUARTERSTAFF WIELDED WITH BOTH HANDS IN A VARIETY OF THRUSTS , PARRIES AND FEINTS . ONE END IS FLATTENED TO A NARROW BLADE AND THE OTHER CARVED AS A DISTORTED DOUBLE FACED HEAD THE POINT REPRESENTING A TONGUE ISSUING FORTH IN THE TYPICAL MAORI GESTURE OF DEFIANCE . THEY OFTEN ALSO SERVED AS ORATORS' STAFFS . ALL HIGHLY BORN MALES CARRIED 'TAIAHA' AS AN INSIGNIA OF RANK AND THERE ARE CONSEQUENTLY MANY EXAMPLES IN EXISTENCE TODAY . HOWEVER , THIS EXAMPLE HAS A FINE , DRY , UNTOUCHED ORIGINAL PATINA .
DIMENSIONS: LENGTH CA. 135,5 CM
CE RARE BATON DE COMBAT MAORI SE DISTINGUE PAR SON EXCEPTIONELLE ORNAMENTATION: ENTIEREMENT RECOUVERT DE GRAVURES; IL APPARTENAIT TRES PROBABLEMENT A UN NOTABLE DE HAUT RANG.
HAUTEUR: 135,5 CM
REFERENCE: OCEANIC ART / OZEANISCHE KUNST / ART OCEANIEN. ANTHONY JP MEYER. PHOTOGRAPS BY OLAF WIPPERFÜRTH. PUBLISHED BY KÖNEMANN VERLAG, KÖLN. 1995, P. 564
OCEANIC ART / BY ADRIENNE L. KAEPPLER, CHRISTIAN KAUFMANN, DOUGLAS NEWTON! PUBLISHED: NEW YORK : HARRY N. ABRAMS, 1997, P.540