Club

Production date
Pre 1790
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Polynesian club (believed Tongan). Oval in cross-section, the shaft ends in a pronounced flanged handle. Use-wear marks in evidence on the handle. Both faces of the club consist of two angled flat surfaces which converge forming a central ridge. Raised bands of parallel carved lines in numbered groups (10-9-7-4-3) run in a descending order from the head to the beginning of the shaft. There is no decoration within the raised bands (Campbell 1997).
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander club
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Maritime Archaeology
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Measurements
L.1325mm x W.103mm x H.31mm
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). Oval in cross-section, the shaft ends in a pronounced flanged handle. Use-wear marks in evidence on the handle. Both faces of the club consist of two angled flat surfaces which converge forming a central ridge. Raised groups of parallel carved bands. 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
MA4852

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