Club

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
2129
Item name
Club 
Category
Fighting
 
Indigenous name
Subi; supi; supe (Owa language) 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
Kwaio 
Place
Pacific > Solomon Islands > Malaita Province > Malaita Island
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Collector
Captain Sydney Mercer-Smith 
Acquisition date
December 08, 1951 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mr Sydney Mercer-Smith 
Raw material
Wood; plant fibre; shell, conus
Dimensions
H: 930 mm W: 198 mm L: D: 28 mm Circum:

Description

Carved wood club; diamond-shaped head with narrow ridges intersecting along the two axes; handle is wrapped in plaited fibre, a twisted lighter coloured fibre and has crescent-shaped finial; shell discs on string wound below the head. Registration number 2129 marked with tag and pen.

Research notes

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition ‘Solomon Islands: Re-enchantment and the Colonial Shadow’, a scholarly project curated by Diana Young in collaboration with research consultants Graham Baines, Annie Ross, Clive Moore and David Akin, August 2016 – June 2017.

Place attributed by David Akin.

A club used by the Kwaio as a shield especially when entering small doorways. It was held in front of the user with one hand on the handle; the large flat surface would be held above the head supported by the other hand. The crescent shaped finial was to stop an enemy from pulling the club from your hand [D Akin 2013, pers. comm., 5 September].

Part of a large group of objects donated to the University’s Anthropology Museum by Mr Sydney Mercer-Smith. The objects were collected by his father Captain Sydney Mercer-Smith in the years 1893-1900 while he was employed as a Queensland government agent in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu [Mercer-Smith source file].

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