Tongan Ceremonial Paddle Shaped Club

Tongan Ceremonial Paddle Shaped Club

1800 to 1900 Tonga

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A Rare Tongan Ceremonial Paddle Shaped Club
The butt end inlaid with sperm whale ivory. Remains of an old collection label
Old smooth and worn patina
Early 19th Century

Size: 56cm long – 22 ins long
Many of the fine clubs made on Tonga were kept for dancing and ceremonial purposes. These were often made as scaled down replicas of fighting clubs and were sometimes made of light softwoods stained dark to resemble the heavy hardwoods. These were also as carefully crafted and as beautifully finished, as the best fighting clubs for it was believed that the quality of a man’s weapon became the symbol of his rank.
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