Reference : 1965

Taking the shape of the narrow, stretched rib, the weapon is engraved at one end with a decoration of scrolls and curved openwork lines.
Pierced and engraved cetacean rib.
Length: 125cm
19th century or earlier
Maori people
New Zealand

Source :
– Former Brignone collection

Price on request

Called Hoeroa or Patou Waïroa in the vernacular, this prestigious weapon was made from the bone of a whale rib.
The quality and rarity of this parade weapon made it the property of Rangatira, a high-ranking family. It symbolized authority.
The technical aspect of its use as a weapon remains uncertain.

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