This double sided Kotiate Parāoa - New Zealand Whalebone Striking Club features kōwhaiwhai patterns at it’s core and is bound with a wax muka (tan) coloured braided wrist tau (cord).
It sits on a native timber base with brass fittings and was hand-carved and polished by Alex Sands. It measures approximately 34.5 x 15 cm.
The Kotiate 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'.