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Tewhatewha

Wood Carving

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Thomas Herbert Mātanga Whakairo
Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Rongomai, Ngāti Te Wehi, Ngāti Whare, Ngāti Hikairo
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$2,400 NZD

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1310mm x 150mm x 20mm
2297TH
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The tewhatewha is one of three, two-handed weapons. The axe-like top added excellent balance to the weapon and was used by the chief of the tribe as a form of flag to signal the warriors into battle. In hand to hand combat, this weapon was used much like the taiaha and its cousin, the pouwhenua.