Western Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia
H. 20 cm

Basalt, pigment (white lime), ochre (red)

Provenance : previous collection Lynda Cunningham before 1970 then collection Jolika of Marcia and John Friede, Rye, NY, USA (JFA156)

Publication : Friede, J., Hays, T., Hellmich, C., New Guinea Highlands Art from the Jolika Collection, San Francisco, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco -de Young, 2017, p.356, fig.13.7.

In Historic times, clubheads were not used in warfare, but were revered objects utilized in male cult ceremonies. This object, a double star-shaped form, is particularly fine, in perfect condition and painted ritually.

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