The club consists of a thickened rod tapering to a tip at the lower end and with a bored out stone head inverted on top of it. The stone head is firmly fixed to the shaft with small wooden wedges firmly pushed in and the site of attachment reinforced with the crushed pulp of parinaria nut.
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander club
L1274 x W90 mm
Wood and stone.
History and use
Used for close-quarter fighting, this war club (known as palau to the people of the Gazelle Peninsula), common to most parts of New Britain, was originally imported from the Baining. Its manufacture became known through Baining taken as slaves.