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The distinctive flange shaped butt with old plaited coir sinnet grip
Tattoo markings to the head
Natural highly polished smooth silky patina
Early 19th Century
Size: 87cm long - 34¼ ins long
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 11, items no. 79, and 80 for other examples
Completely encircled by barrier reefs, New Caledonia is mountainous with peaks rising to 5000 feet. The natural flora is outstandingly rich in unique species indicating a prolonged period of isolation since remote geological time. The fruit bat or flying fox was the sole resident mammal before the arrival of man. Unlike other areas of Melanesia, a system of hereditary chieftainship operated and although many diverse dialects were spoken there was a general cultural homogeneity throughout the area.