19th C. Tongan Coconut Leaf-Stalk Club with Massive Head!
Origin: Western Polynesia, Tongan Provenance: Recently discovered by an antique dealer in North Carolina
Period: First Quarter of the 19th century (circa 1820-1840)
Materials: Dense heavy hardwood, Likely casuarina
Description: This "Apa' Apai" war club is a special example because it is so robust and masculine! It features a massively wide diamond shape head (the largest we've seen on this style) and is very heavy. The upper half is four-sided and carved in varied geometric patterns. The club is a pleasant balance of beauty and battle. It shows long use and evidence of warfare, but retains all its splendor and "Mana". The top of the club has four distinctive scoop marks that are not random. They may represent tallied kills or had other meaning to the owner? Its shaft shows evidence of stone tooling and coral rasp marks. It retains most of its relief-carved pierced hanging lug which is uncommon. In good condition with minor old dings and scratches. Note the size of its head next to the dollar bill! A custom stand maybe ordered for an additional fee.
Dimensions: Length 37” (94 cm), Width 5 5/8” (14.5 cm)
Weight: 4 lbs 13 oz