This double sided Pātuki Parāoa - New Zealand Whalebone Striking Weapon is adorned in its entirety with beautifully carved kōwhaiwhai patterns and inlayed pāua shell eyes.
It is bound with a hand-braided natural fibre wax muka (tan) braided wrist tau (cord) with the ends adorned with feathers.
This collectible one-of-a-kind piece measures 35.5 x 7.5 cm and comes with a custom made to order display stand.
The Pātuki is a short thrusting weapon that was prized and also favoured by chiefs when speech-making. It is a uniquely shaped weapon, and noted for the carved notches on either side of the blade. The notches were used in a ripping action. The word kotiate literally means 'to divide, split in two'.
This piece was hand carved by Alex Sands