Three New Zealand Maori Taiahas

  • Title
    Three New Zealand Maori Taiahas
  • Location
    New Zealand
  • Date
    19th century
  • Price
    longest to smallest $3,750 $2,300 $1,900

The Taiaha a weapon used by the pre-European Maori, and it is the equivalent of the quarter staff. This weapon was a “weapon of authority,“ which was used by chiefs in both attacks and defence. The taiaha was used to distract an opponent thanks to the tufts of features that were placed around the neck of the weapon.

Maori warfare was almost always hand-to-hand combat, and it was a major activity for the Maori. It was an emotional and strenuous activity, but it was also full of ceremony and ritual throughout the process. There were major incentives for war for the Maori, and some of them included slavery, food and land. There was also revenge, which was an incentive for many Maori.

Dimensions :   157cm long , 132 cm long , 126cm long

 

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The Taiaha a weapon used by the pre-European Maori, and it is the equivalent of the quarter staff. This weapon was a “weapon of authority,“ which was used by chiefs in both attacks and defence. The taiaha was used to distract an opponent thanks to the tufts of features that were placed around the neck of the weapon.

Maori warfare was almost always hand-to-hand combat, and it was a major activity for the Maori. It was an emotional and strenuous activity, but it was also full of ceremony and ritual throughout the process. There were major incentives for war for the Maori, and some of them included slavery, food and land. There was also revenge, which was an incentive for many Maori.

Dimensions :   157cm long , 132 cm long , 126cm long