Stone-headed discoidal club. These war clubs were used throughout southern Papua New Guinea until the early 20th Century. They are part of a complex trade network between the quarries of Torres Strait Islands and the Papuan Gulf which has very little stone. Finer examples are decorated with a fine plume of red parrot feathers.

Object Summary

Museum Number 64/1974/19
Simple Name club
Full Name club
Common Name club
Production country Papua New Guinea
Material stone; wood
Collection class Arms and armour
Collection continent Pacific
Collection area/region MELAN
Production county Papuan Gulf, PNG
Production continent Oceania
Production year high 1974
Function name weapon