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Wooden club with large bird-head shape (porowa ra aru), from New Caledonia. The club head has a large, beak-like projection on one end and a small hooded projection off the other. These clubs, most likely ceremonial, were visual symbols of rank and wealth, and were owned by men of the chiefly class.
wood (plant material)
Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),
Pacific Island Group
9 1/8 (W) (inches)
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation