A tewhatewha is a significant part of Māori history. Used as both a weapon and for signalling during a battle. It has a axe blade made of pounamu, and some feathers which were traditional placed on the tewhatewha to distract the opponent, and to help signal to other warriors.
Given nowadays to mark a special occasion or milestone, or to show respect to someone of authority.
wooden base - 42cm long, stained pine.
Tewhawha pine wood, pounamu (NZ greenstone blade) with feather and Paua inlay - 38cm
Note- each weapon is hand carved and unique so might differ slightly from one pictured.