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Two kotiate, made from whalebone.

Kotiate is a type of traditional hand weapon of the Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand.

A Kotiate is a short club normally made of wood or whalebone. Kotiate means to cut or divide the liver (koti = cut in two or divide; ate = liver), is probably taken from its shape, which resembles the lobed part of the human liver.[1]

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Other Māori weapons:

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  1. ^ "Description of ME002492; Kotiate". Collections Online. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Retrieved 2009-04-10.