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Wooden club

The Rarotongan club, made from highly polished ironwood, or toa, must be one of the most beautifully executed in any of the Pacific islands. The clubs are made by skilled, male woodcarvers; the blade is superbly scalloped and the handle decorated near the blade with a single transverse band. Though not an element of this club’s design, the handle is often phallic-shaped, thought to accentuate the strength and aggression required by the user in battle.

Club (c. 1800), ironwood
 Club (c. 1800), ironwood

 Club (c. 1800), ironwood

 Club (c. 1800), ironwood

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Club (c. 1800), ironwood
Dimensions L 167.5 x W 12.5 cm
Registration No. X 3072
Image source: Museum Victoria

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