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2006.44.3599 (RS160329)

Description

Wooden rootstock war club, or vunikau, from Fiji, with a straight handle ending with a natural knot of polished root. Portions of the knobby head and handle are carved with incised patterns. There are two bands of contrasting braided material - one at the base of the head and one at the base of the handle. Used in close quarter combat.

Details

Maker
unknown
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
wood (plant material)
Object type
Armament -- Bludgeon
Descriptive terms
Club
clubs (weapons)
wood (plant material)
Accession Number
2006.44.3599
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
269733
Reference Notes
Volume 66 No. 4: Notes on a Fijian club with a system of classification

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