Club

Description
Totokia, engraved at the handle.
Totokia, sometimes referred to as pandanus clubs, have spherical heads with upwards of a hundred radiating conical spikes around a long, tapering teardrop-ended spike. They seem to have developed from the lighter and less elaborate ‘i tuki’ club type around the turn of the 19th century with the importation of steel carving tools. These clubs were intended to smash in the opponents skull, and were often buried with men in order to overcome the giants who guarded the pathway to Burotu, the afterlife.
Accession Loan No.
33/1953/5k
Collection Class
Arms and armour
Common Name
club
Simple Name
club
Full Name
curved and unspurred club
Dimensions
whole length 920 mm
Production Year High
1953
Production Country
Fiji
Production Area Region
Melanesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Family Group

Material
wood
Function Name
weapon
Function Detail
this high status club is used to strike a hole in the opponent’s temple
Collection Area Region
POLYN
Collection Continent
Pacific

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