culacula

Small or ceremonial example of a paddle club of bell shaped profile with a heavy transverse reinforcing ridge across both faces. The lower section of the blade is carved into a number of rectilinear serrations. The handle is of ovate section and tapers to a flattened dome pommel. The name culacula refers to the blade serration and draws similarities to the spiked shell of a certain species of crab. On one side of the blade is carved 'RAIWAbUI'.

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