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2006.44.3601 (RS160340)

Description

Beaked 'pineapple' or 'pandanus' battlehammer, known as a totokia, from Fiji. Heavily carved head with pineapple-like extrusions ending with a pointed 'beak'. The club would have been used to inflict a deadly blow to the skull. Its design is said to be based on a bird's head.

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)
Dimensions
6 1/4 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3601
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
269735
Reference Notes
Volume 66, No. 4

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