Patu bone carvings (Mere, Waihaka)
The mere is a hand club, carved out of bone, wood or pounamu (greenstone). The mere is carried in the warrior’s flax belt.
A mere is a treasured heirloom, passed from generation to generation. Usually only Chiefs of high standing possessed them.
They were lethal in the hands of a competent warrior. A Chief would rather be killed by his own Mere, than lose his life to anothers in times of capture.
Nowadays the mere symbolises the facing and overcoming of life’s challenges and difficulties.
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