Club

Description
Curved and spurred, cali club.
These are heavy, two handed clubs developed to be a very effective offensive and defensive weapon. The spur is designed to parry attacking blows, while the heavy wedge shaped head is designed to maximise the force placed on a small area. In many cases saplings were grown into the right shape, increasing the strength of the club and decreasing the necessary woodwork. Cali are the heaviest of the curved and spurred clubs, with a triangular cross-sectional shape. They are generally plain but decorated on the sides with a three panelled arrangement of high-relief designs. These panels were often painted and the cali clubs were used in dances or carried on festive occasions as well as being functional and deadly weapons.
Accession Loan No.
33/1953/5g
Collection Class
Arms and armour
Common Name
club
Simple Name
club
Full Name
curved and spurred club
Dimensions
whole length 1115 mm; whole W 90 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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