Very Fine and Rare Chief's Mace Club, Tonga Islands
Wood, marine ivory
length 25in (63.5cm)
Private Collection, Philadelphia, PA
Of graceful, possibly unique shape with handle gradually leading into a large bulbous form head, intricately carved throughout with superb geometric relief designs with finely crafted inlaid marine ivory in sunburst design at both ends and with a crescent shape inlay above a small circle, undoubtedly the property of a high ranking chief used for display of rank rather than for actual fighting; rich, dark-brown patina overall.