It is a full size mere club, measuring approximately 13 - 13 1/2" (33 - 34cm) from end to end, and weighing approximately 2.2lb (1 kg).
The mere was used as a thrusting club, particularly to attack the victim's temple or under his ribs. The pounamu ( greenstone) mere has always been highly prized, possibly because of its scarcity and the amount of work required to make it. It was usually only carried by chiefs, and was a highly prized ceremonial piece.
Please also note that we strongly recommend you have the mere shipped overseas by Economy Courier or Express Courier. If you choose Airmail or Tracked Airmail, the mere is not insurable as its value is over the maximum of NZ$250.
Here's what one customer said about his purchase:
"Thankyou - I received my mere today and I just thought I would email you and tell you that it is a beautiful piece and WOW it is a work of art and quite stunning and the pictures don't do it justice".
Mark H, San Diego, USA, 20 April 2008
"...I am getting back into the swing of typical daily life and wanted to let you know how much we appreciated the mere that you selected. My husband was so surprised and overwhelmed by the gift - and how could he not have been, for it is just beautiful. Thanks again also for the excellent
service that you provided - it made the whole process much less stressful than it could have been, given my history with such purchases".
Karen U, Australia, 12 Feb 2010
3 greenstone mere, centre one is matt, outside ones are polished (23 March 2012)
Click below to view a video of our full-size greenstone mere against a smaller mere, suitable for hanging on the wall: