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Wooden ceremonial club carved in the form of a hand holding a spherical object | Donald Ellis Gallery  | Donald Ellis Gallery
Side view of a ceremonial club representing a human arm carved from wood | Donald Ellis Gallery
Close-up of the head of a wooden club in the form of a hand clasping a spherical object | Donald Ellis Gallery

Ceremonial Club

Vancouver Island, BC

18th century or earlier


width: 13 ¼"

Inventory # N3835


acquired by the Audain Foundation, now at the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC


Collected by Captain James Cook at Friendly Cove, Nootka Sound, on his Third Voyage to the Pacific, 1776–1780
Sir Ashton Lever, Leverian Museum, Leicester Square, London, England, 1780–1786
Dr. James Parkinson, London, England, 1786–1806
Leverian Museum Collection auction, July 8, 1806
Richard Hall Clarke Esq., Bridwell, Uffculme, NorthDevon, England, then by descent, 1806–1967
Bearnes Sales Rooms, Torquay, Devon, England, December 12, 1967
J.J. Klejman, New York, NY, 1967
S.K. Bennet, Washington, DC, 1968–2006
George Terasaki, New York, NY


The Sarah Stone Watercolour Sketchbook, Vol II, 1783, Bishop Museum Archives, Honolulu, Hawaii

The Leverian Museum auction catalogue, 1806 (an original edition of the catalogue is housed in Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives,
cat. no. GBR/0012/MS Add.6309)

Johnson, Harmer. Leverian Museum: A Companion to the Museum 1790 and The Sale Catalogue of the Entire Collection, 1806. London, Harmer Johnson and John Hewett, 1979 (Reprint)

Force, Roland W. and Force, Maryanne. Art and Artifacts of the 18th Century: Objects in the Leverian Collection as Painted by Sarah Stone. Honolulu, Bishop Museum Press, 1968, pg. 144

Kaeppler, Adrienne. Artificial Curiosities: An Exposition of Native Manufactures, Collected on the Three Pacific Voyages of Captain James Cook RN. Honolulu, Bishop Museum Press, 1978, pg. 257, fig. 558

Related Examples

Brown, Steven C. Transfigurations: North Pacific Coast Art, George Terasaki, Collector. Seattle: Marquand Books, 2006, fig. 92

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