- Museum number
Short club of yew, used for fish, with large drop shaped head, and raised finial to the end of the shaft, of circular cross section, and a flat end. The head of the club is carved in southern Northwest Coast style with a large face, band eyebrows, raised flat triangular shaped nose, orbs and eyes outlined, mouth with the corners bent down and slightly protruding tongue. The finish of the face is simple and effective, probably executed with a curved knife. The back of the head has a number of iron nails hammered in, perhaps relating to some material such as cedar bark formerly attached to the club as hair. Or, since the club is damaged and split at this point, the nails may relate to native repairs. The body of the club, eyebrows, orbas and mouth are stained in a slightly darker brown than the rest of the face. The club is carved from a central section of a large trunk.
- Production date
Diameter: 10 centimetres (of head)
Diameter: 4 centimetres (of shaft finial)
Length: 36 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- With the club is a Kew label: 'Fish club [presumably for various species of salmon, also halibut] made of the wood of the "California Yew" 'Taxus brevifolia, Nutt., by the Aborigines of Takush, Smith's Inlet, British Columbia. 35-1900. Dr C F Newcombe.' Newcombe was curator of the then Provincial Museum, Victoria, BC, and collected materials for C H Read, Kew and many other museums, the records for which are in the Provincial Archives, Victoria. Acquired, together with Q1981 Am.1918 and 1919, from Kew on 24/4/1958 according to label with no.1918 (cf 1958 Am2 collection).(Additional description etc. by J.C.King, 13/10/1995).
- Not on display
- Fair; there is some old insect damage, and a severe crack to the shaft, as well as older checking to the head of the club.
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 35.1900 (Kew number)