The Taiaha (pronounced Tie-uh-ha). is a close quarters combat weapon. This traditional hardwood fighting staff looks like a spear but in fact is not. It was handled with two hands in roughly the same fashion as some weapons used in martial arts. A typical taiaha has a pointed blade at one end a flattened edge at the other.The pointed end commonly is adorned with wood carving. In many cases a carved head, with paua shell eyes and an extended, defiant tongue made of greenstone jade.

The Taiaha (pronounced Tie-uh-ha). is a close quarters combat weapon. This traditional hardwood fighting staff looks like a spear but in fact is not. It was handled with two hands in roughly the same fashion as some weapons used in martial arts. A typical taiaha has a pointed blade at one end a flattened edge at the other.The pointed end commonly is adorned with wood carving. In many cases a carved head, with paua shell eyes and an extended, defiant tongue made of greenstone jade.

Carved Taiaha

Carved Taiaha

Taiaha, of orthodox form with tightly carved haehae lines and dog-tooth notching. Inset paua to one eye. Light brown patina. New Zealand Maori

Taiaha, of orthodox form with tightly carved haehae lines and dog-tooth notching. Inset paua to one eye. Light brown patina. New Zealand Maori

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Rare Chiefly Taiaha | Webb's – New Zealand's Premier Auction House: Fine, Tribal & Decorative Arts, Jewellery, Books, Wine, Cars & Bikes, Valuations

Rare Chiefly Taiaha | Webb's – New Zealand's Premier Auction House: Fine, Tribal & Decorative Arts, Jewellery, Books, Wine, Cars & Bikes, Valuations

Taiaha with kuri fur

Taiaha with kuri fur

Staff or #taiaha, #Taranaki region, Ramsay piece donated 1842 #Maori

Staff or #taiaha, #Taranaki region, Ramsay piece donated 1842 #Maori

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