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Solomon Islands Wood Qauata Club / Shield, ca. 1890

Oceania, Solomon Islands, ca. 1890 CE. A fine example of a qauata (sometimes quata) shield from the Solomon Islands, hand-carved from a coffee-hued hard wood. The shield has a lengthy, slender handle which terminates in a conical point, and a curved head with a central raised rib along the midpoint. This armament could be utilized as a striking club when swung at high velocities, or as a shield to deflect oncoming airborne spears. A raised but faded "W" symbol rests between the handle and head on both sides and represents either a frigate bird - an aggressive masculine symbol - or the gaping mouth of a large fish. Covered in a lustrous patina, this is a superb example of multi-functional weaponry! Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 14.5" W x 48.125" H (36.8 cm x 122.2 cm); 50.375" H (128 cm) on included custom stand.

Condition: Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age and use, small nicks and stable hairline fissures to head, handle, and tip, with some small losses to tip of head. Light earthen deposits and great patina throughout. Old inventory label on handle.

Provenance: private Newport Beach, California, USA collection

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