Mere (Patu, Waihaka) The mere is a hand club, carved out of bone, wood or pounamu greenstone). The mere was carried in the warrior's belt and was a lethal weapon in the hands of a competent warrior. This Mere came from the Estate of a Hawaiian collector of Polynesian and Pacifica items and is, I believe, at least 50 years old. Probably an early souvenir item, it is carved from wood and is nicely fashioned. The Mere is 13" in length and 5" in width at widest point. The white patch on the handle was the collectors name sticker and will wash off. The Mere was a treasured Heirloom amongst the Maori and Pacific Islands peoples and was usually passed from generation to generation ...such was the value and mana placed on them that usually only Chiefs possessed them.
At Molloy's of Milford Antiques Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
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