New Guinea Huli Pick
This New Guinea Huli Pick measures 29" tall x 17" from the tip to the back. The lightweight wooden handle has some patination toward it's lower half and a stable lengthwise crack running along one side (possibly a drying crack but more likely a stress crack). The decorated shaft is carved blackpalm which has been inserted into the carved Cassowary claw tip and wrapped with split rattan weaving. Most likely a mid to late 20th century example.