Fiji Islands Throwing Club, i ula tavatava, Republic of the Fiji Islands
length 16 1/2in (42cm)
the cylindrical shaft with incised geometrical design on the handle and incised dots up the shaft leading to a heavy, fluted head; fine reddish brown patina.
Purportedly collected by Reverend James Calvert, Fiji, ca. 1838-55.
According to Phelps (1975: 181), "the Fijians developed a deadly form of missle club...which was held by the handle butt and thrown with great power. The desired effect was to pierce the victim with the handle, the bulbous head only lending weight to the blow. Churchill saw a Fijian bury his ula up to the head in a pig at a distance of sixty-five feet."
African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art
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