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Jade Club

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Written in fading and partly rubbed off ink on the artifact itself: "TAKEN FROM THE PAH OF HONI HEKY, BY CAPT. FRANCIS [of the ship] 'VELOCITY' 1845." Note: "pah" is most likey "pa", a Maori settlement, often fortified, especially at that time. "Honi Heky" is most likely Hone Heke, a.k.a. Hone Wiremu Heke Pokai (1810? - 1850), a Maori chief and war leader. Formerly on exhibit in NMNH Exhibit Hall 8, case 6 [exhibit dismantled in 2004], and identified there as a Maori patu, a.k.a. mere, a short hand club / thrusting weapon. It is made of greenstone/pounamu.

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Details

  • Title: Jade Club
  • Location: North Island, New Zealand, Polynesia
  • Physical Dimensions: L: 31.6cm W: 9.9cm
  • Type: Club
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • External Link: View this object record in the Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center
  • USNM Catalog Number(s): E317178
  • Photo Credit: Donald E. Hurlbert, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Field: Ethnology
  • Accession Date: 1921-10-29

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