Solomon Islands Paddle Club with Fiber Wrap Remnants
This Solomon Island red hardwood paddle club has a well defined thin central ridge that bifurcates either side of the weapon. The overall length of the piece is 47 1/2" long with the blade width of 3 3/4" across. This example appears to be early 20th Century (possibly a little earlier) and still has some traces of it's original woven fiber wrapping. There are some light shallow edge chips toward the top third of the club but nothing that detracts from this handsome example of a classic Melanesian weapon. Appears to have been waxed or polished at some point. 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.