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A ritual baton, Malaita Island, Solomon Islands, the wood baton with fine inlay shell work is almost in perfect condition, the neck has a band of small braided sennit fibre. These were called 'Fou atoleleo' in Kwaio Language, they were worn hanging from the back of the neck by a man who had killed another person for a reward. Provenance: B. L. Hornshaw collection (1878-1937); Hornshaw was an avid collector of Pacific and Australian Aboriginal artefacts, he received many of his pieces from people who lived and worked in the Pacific in the late 19th century. 42 cm
Tribal: S/E Asia, Oceania & Pacific