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Artifact Number:

Newa, Pikoi

 Plant (wood)

 L: 41.9 cm

 Hawaii, Hawaii, Polynesia

 Uhiuhi wood newa bought from Pila Poheepali of Kailua, Hawaii on June 10, 1885. Pila bought it from an old woman in Kaloko anmed Pua. It had for a long time been used to kill large fish such as auau, kahala, mahimahi, opakapaka, ulaula, etc. and was formerly used to rob and kill men. (Emerson) Length 41.9 cm, maximum width of head 13.5 cm, weight 953 g. Figure 209. (Summers) Modertae care has been taken to achieve good balance and finish of the surfaces. This implement handles well using either of its percussion faces, but the use of the curved butt-end as a non-slip grip determines the primary percussion face (an oval cross-section on the long axis of the head). The more subtle movements require speed and accuracy in a continuous sequence which are not easily made with this implement. (Draeger 1977: OP 7)

Collection Name: J.S. Emerson Collection

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