GREENSTONE & DARK-STONE "CLUBS"
This group of Maori stone patu "clubs" were made from two types of New Zealand stone that was commonly used to make these types of fighting weapons. The green "clubs" are called patu pounamu for greenstone and patu onewa for dark stone. They all have a basic tear-drop shape in outline, a hole at the base of the handle and decoration on the end of the handles in the form of raised concentric ridges or grooves. The largest greenstone "club" in this group measures 16 7/16 inches (41.8 cm) long, 4 5/8 inches (11.8 cm) wide and 1/2 inch (1.2 cm) thick at the center of the blade. The longest dark stone "club" measures 13 1/2 inches (34.3 cm) long, 3 1/2 inches (8.9 cm) wide and 13/16 inch (2.1 cm) thick at the center of the blade.