Paddle club Z 3293

[singlepic id=339 w=450 h=250 float=none]Paddle-club, Culacula
Although undecorated, the exquisite finish and scale of this huge paddle-club suggests it belonged to a high-status person. It is likely that culacula took their shape from the culacula crab, the serrated sides of the paddle recalling spikes on the side of the crab’s shell. The left section of the club is probably a 20th-century replacement.
Originally from Fiji. Acquired by A. von Hügel from Roe, 1906, Cambridge. Z 3293

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