It is hard not to admire the pure aesthetic sensibility of this Tongan Pakipaki club. The groups of stacked horizontal ridges increase in number as they ascend the length of the club as if building momentum in both number and power to culminate in the lethal striking face at the top. The calm orderliness of the design suggesting a matter-of-factness of purpose. On this example there is a glossy patina and the usual nicked edges and odd missing nub. The club comes from a Midwest collection and was originally owned by Charles Mack—of Polynesian Art at Auction fame-with his inventory number 3137 painted in silver grey by the lug. The club dates to the early 19th century, is 42 7/8” (108.8 cm) in height and sells for $4800. Questions?