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Late 18th Century – Early 19th Century
Size: 139cm long – 54¾ ins long
The area of carving is to both sides of the top of the club on which appears three tikki heads adorning a stylized human face. To the very top carved in low relief is another face. Below towards the shaft are carved linear geometric bands in which abstract faces reside and it is in these bands that are seen the greatest design differences from club to club.
The club is made from a heavy ironwood called ‘toa’ which is also the Marquesan name for warrior. It attains its dark colour from immersion in taro swamp mud and then by polishing with coconut oil. Used by chiefs and warriors for both fighting and prestige display they became valued heirlooms. Some two hundred clubs survive in museums and private collections from the relatively large numbers brought back in the early 19th century. Still eagerly collected, these clubs have come to symbolise the ‘high art’ of the Pacific.
|Height||139.00 cm||(54.72 inches)|