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A Fibre binding to one end entwined with numerous small seashells
Smooth and silky old patina
Size: 130cm long – 51¼ ins high
cf Edge Partington section 1, page 248, no. 2.
In New Britain nassa camelus shells were used as currency. They were threaded in their thousands through holes pierced in their backs onto long lengths of rattan or plaited fibre and then stored until needed when they would be presented in large rolls.
The inhabitants of the Gazelle Peninsula known as the Gunantuna (Tolai) people were known for their well-made war clubs and this dance club has possibly been made by them.