Taranaki and East Coast Wars 1865-1872
A chief wears a cloak made with feathers of the Kereru. He holds a tewhatewha with a striking blade ( Rapa) at one end and point (mata) at the other. The front edge was used for striking rather than the rapa which gave added weight to the blow. Askilled handler could flick the feathers attached to the rapa to distract an opponent, deliver a deadly blow and then finish off with the mata.
These figurines are made in the Wairarapa. A local family started making sets of solid lead figures in 1992. Beautifully made, their emphasis has always been on New Zealand themes. They make their own moulds, and the products are hand painted with delicate attention to detail.
These stand approximately 6 - 9 cm high and come with thier own box.