Vanuatu War Club

A very fine and archaic war-club in the form of a beautifully formed hemisphere at the end of an elongated and hefty shaft. The domed head is superbly polished and smooth with age and wear. The shaft meets under the head as if inserted with a carved in-stepped ring giving the illusion of assembly. The two-stage grip has a small conical hand guard over a wrapping of fiber. Vanuatu, Melanesia. Hard wood with a superb glossy patina. 110,6 cm. 18/19th century. Ex coll. Alex Bernand, Paris/London