Club

Production date
Pre 1790
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Polynesian club (believed Tongan). 'Coconut-stalk' style, or apa'apai (Churchill, 1917:56). According to Tongans who used them the carved apa'apai is a carved representation of the coconut leaf stalk. Diamond-shaped head tapering to a rounded handle. The handle shows signs of use-wear. A butt lug has been cut in the centre of the handle. Raised bands of carved lines in numbered groups (6-6-5-4-3-2) run in descending order from the head to the shaft. These bands seperate sections of finely carved decoration consisting of banded zigzag and herringbone (Campbell, 1997).
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander club
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Measurements
1000 x 106 x 42
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.
This Polynesian war club recovered from the HMS Pandora werck site. 'Coconut-stalk' style, or apa'apai (Churchill, 1917); a carved representation of the coconut leaf stalk. Diamond-shaped head tending to a rounded handle. The handle shows signs of use-wear. A butt lug has been cut in the centre of the handle. 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
MA4810

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