Club

Production date
Pre 1790
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Polynesian club (believed Tongan). Tapered round shank, widening out into a spatula-shaped flattened head. 'Paddle' form (Churchill, 1917). Worn and degraded with some evidence of incised surface decoration, including a banded zigzag design.
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Measurements
Length 870, Width 55
Media/Materials description
Wood (Casuarina equisitifolia)
History and use
In 1790 HMS Pandora sailed from England in pursuit of the HMS Bounty and its mutineers. The Pandora was wrecked in 1791 on its return voyage while attempting to negotiate the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
Queensland Museum archaeological expeditions between 1983 and 1999 recovered many artefacts.
Polynesian war club (believed Tongan). Tapered round shank, widening out into a spatula-shaped flattened head. 'Paddle' form (Churchill, 1917). Worn and degraded with some evidence of incised surface decoration, including a banded zigzag design. Crew of the Pandora collected such ethnographic cultural material during the voyage, to take back to England for further study or for personal collections.

HMS Pandora
Registration number
MA1394

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