Chinese and Japanese Asian Art by David Hawkes

A Fine Antique Samoan Decorated War Club.


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Oceanic: Weapons: Pre 1920: Item # 1396918

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Hawkes, Asian Art
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Watchet, Somerset
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I have owned this fine Polynesian carved wooden club from Samoa for many years, I have always loved the way that it has remained undamaged and has avoided being over cleaned. A long time ago a former owner has fitted a hook for suspension and it is perhaps this that has preserved it so well.

The patterns on the surface are filled with lime and this inlay is mostly intact. The original fine cuts made when scribing the patterns are still visible. Overall the club is in fine undamaged condition. There is a little wear to the patina on the square corner, shown in the photographs.

I cannot identify the wood, it feels heavy for its size and the club weighs approximately 1.5 kg. It is 95.7cm. long, not including the hook, and is 18cm. across, just above the spur.

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