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.
|Full Name||sword club|
|Production country||Papua New Guinea|
|Material||sago palm wood|
|Collection class||Arms and armour|
|Production county||SE New Guinea or Cobourg Peninsula, Arnhemland|
|Production year high||1953|