Samoan Coconut Stalk Club
This older Samoan hardwood Coconut Stalk type of War Club features heavy carved patterns comprised of tiny triangles. Two of the head's 4 sides have vertical cracks from either drying or impacts, the corners are softened, and the diamond shaped flat top has tiny chips along it's edges. The club's top side has a small knot hole and it appears that the piece was shellacked at some point. The lack of a lug at the flared pommel may be from a break as there is a small section of loss at the pommel and there is a hole drilled through the pommel. Churchill is quoted in the book Samoan Material Culture (1930 by Te Rangi Hiroa) on page 587 "In short clubs of the baton type, there is no lug and an attachment hole is bored transversely through the end of the handle from side to side, or diagonally from the proximal end surface through the side. This sometimes occurs in larger clubs, especially as a secondary measure after the lug has been broken". The club's overall length is 23 1/2".