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Size: 40.5cm long – 16 ins long
cf: Edge Partington; plate 34, no. 3
Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology; Z10826 for similar examples
Consecrated to ancestors and kept in the men’s house, ritual batons only belonged to warriors and symbolised their power. They were worn hanging down the back from a cord around the neck and it is thought they indicated that a man had successfully committed homicide either in warfare or as a hired assassin.