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