SOLD

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Superb fine cross hatched red, yellow & white ochre rarrk design on both sides of blade & extending along shaft. Old trade cloth & bush cord bound handle.
An old hardwood battle club used in close combat as well as in ceremonial dancing. Carved fishtail handgrip and ochre decoration to blade. Clubs like these are given clan-specific totemic names and are symbols of ancestral power.

Very large, beautiful old example in good condition.

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Length: 130cm (51 inches) x Width of blade 16cm (6.5 inches)

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The four main types of large Aboriginal fighting club

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Large Coopers Creek fighting boomerang (not thrown) Club (fully fluted front & back).  170 cm (66 inches) SOLD
Large Fish Tail Club Aboriginal Rare decorated Port Essington style. Length: 130 cm ( 51 inches)  Width of blade 16cm (6.5 inches) SOLD
Large Coopers Creek straight fighting boomerang Club Staff (fully fluted front & back).  137 cm (54 inches).  US $1,800
Large Rainforest Far North Queensland fighting Sword Club (these came in boomerang shape type).  152cm (60 inches).  SOLD

 

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A Rare Club Port Essington, Northern Territory

A$4,560

Carved hardwood, natural earth pigments and resin, 137 cm long, Est: $2,500-3,500, Sotheby's Australia, Important Aboriginal Art, Melbourne, 05/06/2012, Lot No. 80

Provenance: Private Collection, United Kingdom Private Collection, Queensland

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