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A 19th century ceremonial club or hand axe crafted from mottled stone and mounted on a metal stand. Origin: Papua New Guinea
A prestige item and originally used as a weapon, axes such as this were carried or worn in the belt for ceremonial purposes or adornment on special occasions such as sing-sing and moka exchanges. They were also used as money to buy other commodities like salt, body oil, shells, brides, etc.
Height: 22cm (26.5cm including stand)