Throwing club

Description
“I ula tavatava” throwing club with an organically lobed form.
Throwing clubs for human targets were only found in Fiji and take several forms ranging from types resembling short woodstock clubs to lobed throwing clubs. They could be used in three main ways, either thrown in high arcing volleys (as a substitute for bows and arrows), thrown at point blank range to kill a man outright (commonly used by Fijian assassins) or to deliver the final blow to an otherwise incapacitated man. Men became very attached to their throwing clubs and often wore a pair tucked into their waist sash, pistol fashion. After the death of their owner, many were wrapped in barkcloth with a tabua whalebone, smeared in turmeric and kept inside a basket in the temple.
Accession Loan No.
33/1953/15
Collection Class
Arms and armour
Common Name
throwing club
Simple Name
club
Full Name
throwing club
Dimensions
whole length 444 mm
Production Year High
1953
Production Country
Fiji
Production Area Region
Melanesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Family Group

Material
wood
Function Name
weapon
Collection Area Region
POLYN
Collection Continent
Pacific

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