This ceremonial axe gets its name “monstrance axe” from the officers of admiral and explorer Bruni d’Entrecasteaux (1737-1793). In New Caledonia, however, it is known as a “green club”. The disk, in exquisitely worked polished jade stone, is thinned along the whole of its circumference and its beauty highlighted by the sun, which makes the edges translucent. It is set on a wooden handle covered with either a tapa or woven wickerwork.A coconut filled with magical, symbolic shells forms the base. Shell beads enhance the value of such axes, which form part of a vast ceremonial and monetary exchange system. They are also used as bells when chiefs brandish these prestigious artefacts as a staff of authority, a symbol of power while making a speech. Monstrance axes may also be used by rainmakers to ritually strike at the sun.