Sawfish rostrum club/sword
Bone, fabric
Late 19th/early 20th century

28" tall (rostrum and handle) / 30" tall on mount
ex private collection, CA
ex Jeffrey Cho collection, Kailua-Kona, HI

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A sawfish rostrum where part of the rostrum has been crafted into a
handle and covered with fabric for the appearance of a toothy sword.
The native Hawaiians used similar types of objects called
leiomano
which were shark-toothed clubs which resembled a ping-pong
paddle inset with shark teeth. Various Polynesian cultures also
crafted similar objects out of wood called
kiribati where the shark
teeth on those objects were placed into grooves and sewn into place.

$1500 *for sale only in the U.S.
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