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Late 18 th – Early 19 th Century
Size : 72.5 cm long , 11.5 cm dia. ( head ) – 28½ ins long , 4½ ins dia. ( head )
Most of the objects Cook brought back from New Caledonia that exist in the voyage collections were clubs . All New Caledonian war clubs have a high natural polish and this varnish like sheen was achieved using shells and quartz fragments to rub down the grain of the wood , then smoothed with a plant rich in silicic acid . Later 19 th and early 20 th century clubs have a cruder and more easily made finish achieved with glass shards rather than with shells .
|Height||72.50 cm||(28.54 inches)|