Kanak Ceremonial Axe
Serpentine (jade), wood, flying fox fur, fabric
Height: 20 in. (51 cm)
Ex collection Stodel, Rotterdam
Ex collection of the Museum of the Instituut voor kulturele antropologie van de R.K. Universiteit van Nijmegen
Acquired on April 20th, 1961 (inv # 566)
Ex collection Michel Thieme, Amsterdam
Maurice Leenhardt in 1930 noted that the “green clubs” were seen in rainmaking rituals. He also noted that these prestige objects were kept in a basket of wealth belonging to important lineages, and that they were only removed on key occasions such as mourning ceremonies and weddings during which affirmation of status occurred.