The Wahaika is longer and takes the shape of a whale’s lower jaw bone; with Waha-ika translating to “mouth of the fish”. Unlike the mere, this club has a small figure carved on the side that often represents a respected ancestor and acts as a spiritual guardian to the holder.
This Wahaika club complete with it’s own stand, is a war club with the Maori God of War ‘Tu’ featured at its mouth. Both Tu and the figure carved into the base of the handle feature Paua eyes. The blade of the club is two toned, with the space beneath the carved Koru stained with a dark varnish.
Gary has used his perception of things Maori, and the abilities he has gained from his ancestors, to develop his unique gifts of designing, painting and carving to produce many varied works, both contemporary and traditional in Wood and Pounamu. He works with his two sons in their Henderson (Auckland) studio. His Whakapapa is Te Awhitu Te Awhitu: Rangatira of the Hauaroa Tribe, at Taumaranui on the Whanganui River.
- New Zealand Made
- Length: 360mm
- Weight: 480g