Maori taiaha on stand


Maori taiaha on a stand. Beautiful artwork made by our carvers in Rotorua. Thecarvers use tulip wood for all their artworks.
Due to its shape, a taiaha is sometimes referred to as a spear, however, it is a fighting staff used in hand-to-hand combat.

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Maori taiaha on stand. A taiaha is often referred to as a Maori spear, but it’s a fighting staff.

This Maori taiaha comes with a wooden tongue. The items are made from tulip wood, very durable.

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  • Size Maori taiaha on stand: approx. 780mm x 120mm x 100mm (30.71″x4.72″x3.94″)

Our carvers can also do a large wooden club on a stand >>

Rākau Māori – Māori weapons – taiaha, patu

Rākau Māori (Māori weaponry) was designed for hand-to-hand combat. In battle it was common for toa (warriors) to take a long handled weapon such as a taiaha (long-handled fighting staff) and a short weapon such as a patu (club) tucked into a belt.

Māori wore little into battle apart from a maro (kilt) or a tātua (belt). In some cases a tapahu (dogskin war cloak) or a pauku (cloak to shield spear thrusts), was worn.

Māori did not use bows and arrows, so fighting was almost entirely hand-to-hand. Famous weapons were given names and handed down from generation to generation.

Taiaha (fighting staff)

One of the most well-known Māori weapons is the taiaha. It is usually made from wood, though sometimes it is made from whale bone.

Due to its shape, it is sometimes mistakenly referred to as a spear. The staff has a pointed end, and is usually between 1.5 and 1.8 metres long.

The pointed end (the arero or tongue) comes out of the upoko (head) which then becomes the ate (liver) or tinana (body). It is used for stabbing, parrying (warding off blows) and striking.

Source: Basil Keane, ‘Riri – traditional Māori warfare – Rākau Māori – Māori weapons and their uses’, Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012

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Weight 3500 g


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