Sulka Club

An exceptionally rare and remarkably fine war-club from the Sulka People of Wide Bay. This type of club amongst the 4 or 5 typologies is of the rarest form. The striking head is composed of seven tiers of interspaced knobs under a conical stabbing point. The grip is part of the prolongation of the haft with the butt as an enlarged conical finial. These clubs were rarely collected compared to other types of Sulka weapons and more rarely are they of great esthetic value like the present example. Other known examples where all collected at the end of the 19th century when the German colonial administration began in earnest in the Bismarck Archipelago. Sulka Language group, Wide Bay New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago, PNG, Melanesia. Wood with a very fine patina of age and use. 111,2 cm. 19th century and carved with Neolithic tools. Ex coll. Alexandre Bernand, Paris/London.

 

Literature: Ref. :
Parkinson, Richard : Dreißig Jahre in der Südsee. Land und Leute, Sitten und Gebräuche im Bismarckarchipel und auf den deutschen Salomoinseln.Herausgegeben von Dr. B. Ankermann, Direktorial-Assistent am königlichen Museum für Völkerkunde zu Berlin. Strecker & Schröder, Stuttgart 1907.
Wilpert, Clara : Hamburgische Südsee – Expedition : Neu Britannien. Volkerkunde Museum, Hamburg, ND.