A New Caledonian, Melanesian, Carved Hardwood ‘Mushroom or Phallic’ War Club ‘Buat’
With notched engraving to the mushroom shaped head, linen fabric and plaited coir sinnet bound around the shaft
Late 19th Century
New Caledonian (French:Nouvelle-Caledonie) is a dependent overseas territory of France lying in the western Pacific Ocean, in the Coral Sea, to the east of Australia and west of Vuanatu. The territory consists of the main island of Grand Terre, the archipelago of the Loyalty Islands (Iles Loyauté), and numerous small, sparsely populated islands and atolls.