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    Early New Guinea Wooden & Bone Mace or Club

    Papua New Guinea, probably Sepik region
    19th century and possibly earlier

    length: 64.2cm, diameter of head: 9cm, weight: 190g

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    This ceremonial or dance mace or club is from New Guinea. It has exceptional patina – the colour of all elements is deep and lustrous. The age and the patina of this club is its most striking characteristic.

    It comprises a long wooden shaft that tapers to a point. A round, bone plate is fixed to the other end. There is a small section of cord around the handle end.

    An example of identical form but with a thin plate of stone instead of bone is illustrated in Stone (1961, p. 184).

    The bone head and the wooden shaft both have a deep red-brown colour from age and handling.

    The mace come with an attractive custom-made stand for display purposes.


    Stone, G.C., A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in all Countries and in all Times, first published in 1934, Jack Brussel, 1961.

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