Club

Description
Bowai with two distinct engraving hands and a falling spiral.
Bowai are tapering two handed clubs which were very popular on Fiji. Early examples have a short sleeve of engraving at the handle to enhance grip, while later example can be more extensively carved due to Tongan influence. Notches are usually taken to indicate the number of humans killed with the weapon. Bowai were also used as divinatory oracles in pre-Christian temple rituals, indicating an answer by falling from an upright position.
Accession Loan No.
33/1953/5b
Collection Class
Arms and armour
Common Name
club
Simple Name
club
Full Name
pole club
Dimensions
whole length 1179 mm; whole diameter 57 mm
Production Date
19th century
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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