In his discussion of the offered lot at the occasion of the travelling exhibition Island Ancestors: Oceanic Art from the Masco Collection, Wardwell (1994: 246 and 248) notes: "Weapons of this type are popularly known as knuckledusters. They were gripped by the hand and used in punching motions in a manner similar to that of brass knuckles. [... The offered lot features the] common form of knuckleduster, with a row of teeth running around the entire perimeter and pegged into place. All other known examples, however, have [all] the teeth pointing downwards [i.e., as if the object were mirrored at the vertical center. Compared to this convention, the offered lot] is unique in having [all] the teeth facing in one direction (Mack 1982, p. 58). The beveled edges on the outside of the grip are also unusual, as is the large number of sixteen teeth. The six such weapons recorded by Peter Buck (1957, p. 459), for example, have only eight or ten."
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