A Fine Vanuatu ( New Hebrides ) Ball Headed Club with it's original fibre binding

A Fine Vanuatu ( New Hebrides ) Ball Headed Club with it's original fibre binding

1800 to 1900 Vanuatu

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A Fine Vanuatu ( New Hebrides ) Ball Headed Club with it’s original fibre binding
19 th Century

Size : 86.5 cm long – 34 ins long
During the 19 th century the Islanders of the New Hebrides suffered extreme abuse at the hands of whalers and other traders , and they became known for their hostility . Their most famous victim was the Reverend John Williams , a Welsh Methodist missionary , 'The Martyr of Erromanga' who was killed in 1839 , and ever after commemorated in a 'Baxter' print .
Despite this , although inter tribal warfare was frequent on the Islands it took the form of ambushes and local skirmishes and there were few fatalities . A carved wood club such as this was the most favoured weapon .

Dimensions
Height 86.50 cm (34.06 inches)
Medium
wood and fibre
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