Solomon Islands 19th Century Paddle Club
This Solomon Island hardwood paddle type club has a very thin central ridge that bifurcates either side of the weapon. The overall length of the piece is just over 4 feet long with the blade spanning 3 3/4" across. This piece has heavy patination with a natural dark glossy surface from years of handling. The narrow chips on either edge of one side of the blade are patinated as well. There are tool marks and rippling to the wood's surface which shows hand planing. These types are typically found on Santa Isabel , Florida, and Guadalcanal Islands. On Santa Ana island this type is called Taoriri according to H A Bernatzik in his 1936 book Owa Raha. A nice early example of a classic Melanesian weapon.