|All 3 from my Short Māori weapon series, Intake 41, Year 3, Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau o Aoteroa, NZMACI 2016|
The short weapons of the Māori were most commonly used to cut, to stab, to batter and to bruise enemy opponents with the intent of causing serious injury and or death. Most were never thrown as the Māori of old believed that there was not much honour in killing a person from afar, they far preferred to kill their enemy or be killed by their enemy face to face. Another reason is that most weapons represent ancestors, gods or deities and common sense tells us that you would be reluctant to throw those away. Now days they are mostly used for ceremonial purposes, but don't be fooled by their beauty, in the hands of an expert a well crafted weapon is still as lethal as it was those many years ago.
Out of these three the top one would probably do the most damage 💯, the middle one would be more practical if it was made from stone (pounamu or õnewa), and the bottom one just looks pretty lol, well it has teeth on it now but still Wahaika for the win haha. 👊 📷🏠😂
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