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Old Smooth Silky Natural Patina
Early 19th Century
Size: 79.5cm long – 31¼ ins long
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 11, item no. 79 & 80 for other examples
Captain Cook spent two weeks in the Islands and experienced very little hostility from the people who had, until then, developed a culture in relative isolation, and whose art was therefore free from most outside influences. The New Caledonians had a highly developed sense of form and these skilfully worked clubs were probably also made as insignia of rank and office as well as for use in combat.