Papuan Gulf Club






Object Type: Papuan Gulf Sorcerers club

Locality: Elema People Papuan Gulf

Artist: Unknown

Circa: 1920

Height: 87 cm

Description: This extremely rare form of club comes from Orokolo Village in the Papuan Gulf. It was not used like most clubs to hit people but rather pointed at someone to send the spirit of the club to confuse a person. The confused enemy was then easy to kill using bows and arrows or by younger warriors. The top half is decorated with a crocodile that has been inhabited by a magician.

It is made of black palm which is incredibly hard to carve.

Price: $6000 AUD


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