Patupatu Plexiglass, transparent plexiglass Manu e rua ( twin guardian birds) on handle by
George Nuku Maori artist.
Shown at the Ora Gallery, New Zealand Art and Design Gallery, 51 7th Avenue, New York, NYC.
A patu is a generic term for a club or pounder used by the Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. The word patu in the Māori language means to strike, hit, beat, or subdue.
This short-handled club was mainly used as a striking weapon. The blow administered with this weapon was a horizontal thrust straight from the shoulder at the enemy’s temple.