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Club (patu onewa) 1700 - 1804

Stone (basalt) | 31.7 x 7.4 cm (whole object) | RCIN 62167

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  • A club (patu onewa) of grey-black stone, oval-shaped, the stepped grip pierced with a suspension hole for a cord.

    Weapons from Oceania excited considerable interest among antiquarians and collectors during the early nineteenth century.  George IV displayed this Maori club with a number of other 'South Seas War Instruments' in the armoury at his London residence, Carlton House.


    In the collection of George IV when Prince of Wales. Recorded c.1799-1804 in the Armoury at Carlton House, where it was catalogued as a 'War Instrument... used by the Nations of the South Seas' (no. 1045).  Sent to Windsor Castle, 11 April 1837. 

    Previously thought to be no. 815 in the North Corridor Inventory at Windsor, but this seems unlikely - that object is described as 'A green stone War Club with hole in handle taken in the first Maori War'.  This club is of grey-black stone, and the Maori Wars occurred 1845-1872, after George IV's death.

  • Medium and techniques

    Stone (basalt)


    31.7 x 7.4 cm (whole object)

  • Place of Production

    New Zealand