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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.
wood (plant material)
Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),
Pacific Island Group
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
Volume 66 No. 4: Notes on a Fijian club with a system of classification