Lot: 54

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Deux massues de combat


Provenance Taille Prix d’appel / Prix d'Estimation
Rudolf Leopold, Vienna, Austria 500 EUR
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a) nail club, southeastern Australia, hardwood, iron nails, l: 73 cm
b) club, southeastern Australia, hardwood, L: 61 cm

Aboriginals in eastern Australia used a wide range of clubs for fighting and hunting.

Feuding occurred mainly between clans or local groups, but fights within camps were a common event. Vendettas were carried on for years and often led to numerous deaths.

Generally the main purpose of warfare was to avenge an insult or crime or to capture women - never to capture the land or other possessions of an enemy.

Carrick, John (ed.), Art of the first Australians, Camperdown o.J., p. 20, ill. 223 (a) / p. 19, ill. 215 (b)