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Throwing club

2006.44.956 (RS177290)

Description

Wooden throwing club or 'i Ula tavatava, from Fiji. The round club head is deeply carved with flanges and grooves, and topped with a smaller, rounded knob. The short handle is decorated with incised triangle shapes along the bottom half and along the top with vertically-aligned rows of shallow pierced holes. There are many different types of 'I Ula, or throwing clubs, based on their shape. 'I Ula tavatava are characterized by their heavily grooved heads.

Details

Maker
unknown
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
carving and carving techniques
wood (plant material)
Object type
Armament -- Bludgeon
Places
Fiji
Descriptive terms
carving and carving techniques
Club
clubs (weapons)
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
4 1/2 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.956
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
170444
Reference Notes
Volume 66, No. 4

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