Pre-Columbian Art and Antiquities by Arte Xibalba

Fiji Throwing Club

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Oceanic: Pre 1900: Item # 162960

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A fine Throwing Club (i ula drisia) from Fiji, 17-1/2" long, late 19th century. The handle has nicely carved decorative designs, executed with great skill. This easily portable club was the everyday weapon in peaceful times. A man would carry as many as three of these thrust into his waistband. Although sometimes used as a bludgeon in combat, the throwing club was primarily hurled at an enemy to kill him outright or stun him, so that he could be slain with a heavy two-handed club or sword. In excellent condition, with fine patina and signs uf usage.

See Anne D'Alleva's "Art and Artifacts of Polynesia", page 16 for a similar example.