Head or blade is of greenstone (jadeite) found in the serpentine formation of the island and, especially, in a small island off the south coast. The weapon was a symbol of rank and authority carried by chiefs. It is also said to have been used in cutting up the bodies of slain enemies. Called a nbouet or boete.
Purchased from W. O. Oldman; Subscription of Herbert L. Clark in memory of Edward W. Clark, 1911
Current & Past Exhibitions:
44 Eyes in a Museum Storeroom ( Dec 2000 - 2001)
[Book] Sebbelov, Gerda. 1911. The E.W. Clark Collection: New Caledonia. II, 4 (December). pp. 78-82.
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