Australian Aboriginal Club - Southeast Australia

Australian clubs represent a wide spectrum of forms, from lighter throwing sticks to dramatically curved, beaked blades and undulating silhouettes. Southeast Australia, from which this example comes, is itself a zone of significant variety in club designs. This conical club is distinguished by its graceful arc, embellished “tail” and incised clan markings in the grip area. In battle it would have been paired with a parrying shield.

 

Late 19th century
23 ½” h
Wood
Provenance: Private US collection
#550
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