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Mere, ceremonial club
(early 20th century)

Kauri (Agathis australis), mother-of-pearl
31.4 × 10.7 × 2.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
New Zealand
Accession Number
Oceanic Decorative Arts / Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Miss Ola Cohn, 1957
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Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
A ceremonial club, flat in section, the handle smooth with animal or bird carved at the end. The carved blade is carved with ribs in vertical groups of 3 fanning out from the concave underside. Linked diamond patterns carved between the groups of ridges. These groups are broken at the centre by other interlinked horizontal ridges. A tihi figure with inlaid pearl shell eyes is carved in profile.