Club

Description
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 butts inside pre-Christian temples for the purposes of divination; asked a question by the local priest, the spirit inside it answered by standing or falling.
Accession Loan No.
E1903
Collection Class
Arms and armour
Common Name
club
Simple Name
club
Full Name
pole club
Dimensions
whole height 1046 mm; top diameter 63 mm; base diameter 51 mm
Production Date
19th century
Production Year High
1879
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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