Whilst the blade suggests the weapon was used like an axe, in reality it was the shaft just below the blade that was used to strike the enemy, with the blade (rapa) used to provide extra weight.
The other pointed end was used for poking the opponent. The feathers were used to flick into the opponent's eyes, distracting them before hitting them with the blade or point.
The Tewhatewha can often be seen in Maori postcards or photographs, and often in the hands of a Maori chief, leading a haka or speaking on the marae. Short tewhatewha, like this one, were probably designed for ceremonial use.
Your tewhatewha comes with a matching display stand, as pictured.
Shipping Times during Covid-19
Currently (January 2021), Airmail to Australia and the USA is taking about 5 weeks, and Airmail to the UK and Europe is taking 6-7 weeks. Airmail to South America is at least 8 weeks, and allow up to 12 weeks.
Economy Courier and Express Courier are up to 10 working days worldwide.
As always, we do not guarantee Airmail or Courier shipping times, as they are beyond our control.
Courier shipping times within New Zealand are approximately one working day to the North Island, 2 working days to the South Island (with an overnight option available at a different price), and up to 3 days to rural areas.
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