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thinreadline 17th April 2021 04:44 PM

STAFF
 
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Also from out of my loft and also bought in Weller & Dufty's in the 1980s is this carved staff , I have always thought of it as a Pacific Islands item but would welcome your comments . It is approx 140 cm long.

David 17th April 2021 07:38 PM

hmmm...that's a beautiful item and i can see why you think it may be of South Pacific origin.
I will also say that given it's form it looks more like a fighting staff than simply something to aid in walking or for ceremony. So i wonder if this is not better suited for the Ethno forum than Miscellaneous. But i have no knowledge of fighting staffs from the South Seas, or for that matter, any where else, so it hard to say how to categorize it. Still a seriously nice and collectable bit of carving. :)

colin henshaw 17th April 2021 07:48 PM

A nice Maori staff, either an "orator's staff" or just to be carried by older men.

thinreadline 18th April 2021 12:46 AM

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Originally Posted by David
hmmm...that's a beautiful item and i can see why you think it may be of South Pacific origin.
I will also say that given it's form it looks more like a fighting staff than simply something to aid in walking or for ceremony. So i wonder if this is not better suited for the Ethno forum than Miscellaneous. But i have no knowledge of fighting staffs from the South Seas, or for that matter, any where else, so it hard to say how to categorize it. Still a seriously nice and collectable bit of carving. :)

Thank you David ... I wasnt sure which category to put it in I must admit. Though it does have some weight to it and the fact that it is pointed made me consider that it could be a weapon .

thinreadline 18th April 2021 12:47 AM

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Originally Posted by colin henshaw
A nice Maori staff, either an "orator's staff" or just to be carried by older men.

Interesting , thank you Colin


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