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2006.44.954 (RS177492)

Description

Fijian two-handed club known as a sali. Long handle ending with a curved, flattened club face decorated on each side with wide bands of carved circles separated with narrow bands of overlapping triangles and diamonds. There is a projecting spur off the club head. Said to be fashioned after the clawed flower of a wild banana-like plant. Referred to by Westerners as a "gunstock" club because its shape is similiar to a rifle's, Fijians were using sali before contact with Western weapons. The club was used to inflict bone-crushing damage to an enemy combatant.

Details

Maker
unknown
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
wood (plant material)
Object type
Armament -- Bludgeon
Places
Fiji
Descriptive terms
Club
clubs (weapons)
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
7 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.954
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
170498
Reference Notes
http://www.new-guinea-tribal-art.com/wp/index.php/2011/10/05/native-weapons/. This site has a comprehensive yet concise review of Fijian war clubs.

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