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Marked with an inventory No. 'OC 017' near the handle
Old smooth polished dark patina
Mid 19th Century
Size: 72cm long, 22.5cm wide – 28¼ ins long, 8¾ ins wide
Reputed to have once been in the Oldman Collection
cf Edge-Partington, pg 220, no. 4
The Solomon warrior’s armoury consisted of spears, bows, slings and clubs which were generally of a heavy ironwood that had been submerged in mud for around a month so that they acquired a glossy almost black surface. It is these clubs that were used in battle to 'finish off the enemy' (Ivens 1930:178)