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Early 20th C. PNG Morobe Wood Club w/ Pineapple Stone

Lot 0675
**Originally Listed At $500**

Oceania, Papua New Guinea, inland Morobe province, Kukukuku people, ca. 1930 CE. A fascinating wooden club with a long, tapering handle that terminates in a studded, "pineapple-shaped" stone striking end with deeply scored, roughly pyramidal points. Items like these were used by the Kukukuku, who were described by a Western observer as "the little killers in bark cloaks". Kukukuku men created weapons like this one, and wore them tucked into the backs of their belts, hidden by their bark cloaks. Size: 3.65" W x 36" H (9.3 cm x 91.4 cm); 39" H (99.1 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private Newport Beach, California, USA collection; ex-Michael Hamson collection, Oceanic Art, Palos Verdes Estates, California, USA

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Some small losses to the peripheries of the stone, as shown. The handle has wear commensurate with age with some deposits in the lower profile areas.

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Early 20th C. PNG Morobe Wood Club w/ Pineapple Stone

Estimate $1,000 - $1,500Oct 17
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Louisville, CO, USA