staff (weapons: bludgeon); taiaha

Staff, long slender shaft with spatulate blade (the end has been sawn in three directions at some later date and is thus mutilated) and butt in the form of a carved tongue and head. The shaft is bound at one point with string and fibre (to form grip ?). The implement was used by chiefs for ceremonial purposes and also for fighting (as a quarterstaff). Maori name is 'taiaha'.


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