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Tunic

The coral islands of Kiribati (‘kee-ree-bass’) have limited natural resources but pandanus plants and coconut trees are plentiful and versatile. The coarse fibres from coconut husks provided the raw...

Spear

A spear used by elder Maasai warriors. Length = 1947mm. Donor unknown....

Club

Finely carved and polished weapon made of toa wood (Casuarina equisetifolia) and used in fighting between groups of warriors on canoes. Collected before 1934, but likely to have beeen made in...

Sword-stick

Made by local craftsmen, this European-styled sword includes a re-used Michelin lorry tyre valve cap. It was confiscated by order of a court in Ghana, having been used in a...

Javelin

Felix Speiser (1923) “In Port Olry and eastern Santo the most elegant weapon is the javelin armed with spikes of bones directed forwards. The use of this weapon spread...

Shield

One Aboriginal word for shield is ‘heilemai’ but there are many others. This is carved from a single block of wood....

Club

Mid-19th century The tapering bowai was a popular fighting club in Fiji. It was also widely used for ceremonial purposes, and early accounts describe bowai being stood upright on their flared...

Parrying shield

Notes from a research visit by Gaye Sculthorpe, Curator of Oceanic Collections at the British Museum, 8-9/07/2015: 33/1953/27b – shield, northwestern Australia, found in large region. Decorated with red and...

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