Club

Production date
Pre 1790
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Polynesian club (believed Tongan). 'Paddle club' style (Churchill, 1917). Round shaft, the head widens into a classic paddle design. The flanged handle with no signs of use-wear; no butt lug nor attachment hole in evidence. Carved decorative elements include herring bone, basketry and banded zigzag. Stylised figures including four humans holding weapons, a lizard and a shark are incised on one surface.
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Measurements
1065 x 105
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). Casuarina equisitifolia species. 'Paddle club' style (Churchill, 1917). Round shaft; flanged handle with no signs of use-wear; no butt lug nor attachment hole in evidence. Carved decorative elements include herring bone, basketry and banded zigzag. 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
MA4743

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