Club

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-170496

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 of different size separated by narrow bands of overlapping triangles. 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

Descriptive Terms

clubs (weapons)
wood (plant material)
Club

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

E47,154
FD228

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Dimensions

8 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.955

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.

Places

Fiji