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2006.44.953 (RS177289)

Description

Carved Fijian club, or kia kavo. Long handle with knobbed base and a curved head with a rounded protubernece on the top. The underside of the head is curved and a thin layer of wood has been scraped away leaving a rough surface. Although similar to other Fijian weapons, kia kavo were used as ceremonial dance clubs.

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
2 x 8 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.953
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
170500
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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