Very coarse black palmwood sword club. Massim sword clubs were widespread throughout Massim society and worn by men in their everyday activities. They were for predominantly ceremonial purposes, with occasional use to resolve disagreements such as conflicts over women or garden boundaries. They usually have intricate and elaborate engravings suitable for displaying a warrior’s military splendour.

Object Summary

Museum Number 33/1953/42
Simple Name club
Full Name sword club
Common Name club
Production country Papua New Guinea
Material sago palm wood
Collection class Arms and armour
Collection continent Pacific
Collection area/region MELAN
Production county SE New Guinea or Cobourg Peninsula, Arnhemland
Production continent Oceania
Production year high 1953
Function name weapon