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Artifact Number:

Newa, Pikoi

 Plant (wood)

 L: 35. 6 cm

 Hawaii, Hawaii, Polynesia

 Pua wood newa bought from Kapukui in Kailua, Hawaii on June 9, 1885. (Emerson) Two small holes in the handle are late additions, probably made by the Bishop Museum. Length 35.6 cm, head width 8.4 by 3.1 cm, weight 635 grams. Figure 209. (Summers) Made from a natural rootstock and carefully fashioned to conform to shorls and burl grain in the head. Care was taken to achieve proportion and good balance. This club is minimally well-balanced and handles nicely in striking movements; but subtle fast and accurate continuous actions were made somewhat less reliably. The blunt pointed butt-end of this weapon would be useful only in limited applications in the direct attack; it could, however, be used as a countermeasure to the grasp of an enemy's hand on the wrist of the club-user's arm. (Drager 1977: OP 64)

Collection Name: J.S. Emerson Collection

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