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Throwing Club (I Ula Tavatava)

Clubs, carved in several forms, traditionally were among the most important weapons on Fiji, and many were carved during the nineteenth century when civil unrest and warfare were rampant. Among them, the throwing club was considered the most personal, and a man traditionally always carried one or two at his waist. Though usually thrown, such clubs also may have been used to beat an opponent in close quarters. Men frequently made their own clubs, but beautifully carved and elaborated ones such as this were surely created by professional craftsmen.

Fiji Islands
Throwing Club (I Ula Tavatava)
19th century
Wood
L. 16 ½ in. (41.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Ernst Anspach, 71.83.1