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Club, of wood, long with leaf-shaped head (basibasi type), the handle wrapped with a woven cover of yellow vine-strip with designs in red and black.
- Production date
- 19thC(early)-19thC(mid) (before 1882)
Length: 126 centimetres
Width: 15 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Register slip reads:
"Santa Cruz club, given to me by Bishop Selwyn in the Florida Islands, Solomon group, 1882"
The style of this club is not Santa Cruz, but could be Gela (ie. Florida). Southeast Solomons club types are identified by Malaitan names (in the absence of alternatives) for which the principal source is David Akin (2013) Malaitan Clubs. Ch.39 in Bolton et al. Melanesia: Art and Encounter.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Register slip reads: Presented by H. B. Guppy Esq MB R.N. 1886 / "Santa Cruz club, given to me by Bishop Selwyn in the Florida Islands, Solomon group, 1882"
Guppy, author of The Solomon Islands and their Natives (1887), was Surgeon on the surveying ship HMS Lark in the western Pacific in 1881. Bishop J R Selwyn was a missionary with the Anglican Melanesian Mission.
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