18 1/2” length of dramatic bird head form specific to New Caledonia. Carved with the grain of the wood following the right angle form to assure uniform strength. The beak of the head thickened and finishing in a hood. Raised eye each side. These clubs are evidently fashioned after the hornbill, revered for its mysterious nesting behavior and respected for its massive lethal bill. Tribal warfare was constant. As well, the French preyed on the natives, enslaving and transporting them to Australia and Fiji to work in agriculture and related industries. Form rarely encountered. Untouched with fine patina from use.