Rangi Kipa

Wahaika

Wahaika by Rangi Kipa
Wahaika by Rangi Kipa
Wahaika by Rangi Kipa
Wahaika by Rangi Kipa

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This wahaika (handheld fighting weapon) is a uniquely shaped close combat weapon found in Māori material culture. It is recognisable by its distinct asymmetric shape and form. It is the work of contemporary artist and maker Rangi Kipa who created a series of works referencing the materials and knowledge found in the crafting of customary Māori weaponry. Kipa has revived and explored a vast range of Māori body adornment practices and made modern/contemporary pieces where he has used synthetic materials such as corian, alongside more traditional materials such as pounamu (greenstone), shell, teeth and bone.

Title
Wahaika
Artist/creator
Production date
2014
Medium
whalebone and paua inlay
Dimensions
130 x 442 x 39 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2017
Accession no
2017/9/2
Other ID
X2015/442/1 Old Accession Number
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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