The elegantly shaped pouwhenua is a highly effective weapon in the hands of a skilled user. Its rau (blade) is larger and heavier than that of a taiaha, and the opposite end tapers to a stabbing point. This 19th-century example has a small area of fine carving beneath the rau.
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