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Taiaha

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Lenny Boonen Mātanga Whakairo
Ngāti Porou, Hauraki
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1432mm x 45mm
2552LB
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The taiaha is a long, slender hand weapon usually made from native hardwood – or in some instances whalebone – and is usually between 1.2 metres (3.9ft) and 2 metres (6.5ft) long. The point is carved to represent the human tongue (arero), above which is the forehead, eyes and upper lip, followed traditionally by a sheath of red Kākā (parrot) and dog hair (awe).