Sword club

Production date
Pre 1990
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
East Sepik
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Description
Decorative wooden sword club, carved and white incised with a human face at the apex of the blade. Decoration mirrored on both sides of the object.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander club
Production date
Pre 1990
Production place
Measurements
L 513 x W 50 x D 35 mm
History and use
Massim clubs are both for ceremonial use and used as fighting weapons. The long, hooked nose evident in the facial features of this carving are elements characteristic of the Sepik region. The use of crushed lime to create the white colour is also a common decorative element from this area.

This object was collected by donor Peter Watt in 1990 and donated to the Museum of Tropical Queensland in 2012.
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Registration number
E40850

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