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Kanak Club

New Caledonia

Club called “mushroom”

Carved wood and fibers
Height: 32 ¼ in. (82 cm)
Late 19th century

Ex collection Jean-Pierre Laprugne, Paris

Price: on request

Melanesia – Eastern Papua New Guinea
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This weapon is known as "mushroom club" in the Kanak tradition.
This mushroom club shaped phallic formed head is an old Kanak war club.
The deep and shiny patina attests of its age.

Clubs are the most commun weapons used by Caledonian people. There are various forms and each one has a specific name. They were made from hard wood. Some of these clubs were also used as throwing clubs.
The purity of the shape, the age and the superb curve of this club are remarkable.