Arts of the Pacific Islands
late 18th or 19th century
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Tongan. Club (Moungalaulau), late 18th or 19th century. Wood, 3 1/4 × 1 in. (8.3 × 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X1038. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, X1038_transpc003.jpg)
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Cylindrical handle begins to slightly flatten at center of club length. Club gradually turns into a diamond-shape if viewed in cross-section as it reaches the head. Terminates in a soft triangular point. Completely covered in geometric carved patterns which include small (approx. 1/2 to 1 in.) human figures, turtles, and birds.
Condition: Good, minor wear and cracking, minor wood loss
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