Old War Club Fiji Islands Polynesia 19th Century
This fine old Fijian War Club with heavy dark patina from generations of use. Made from a single piece of hardwood, trees were grown specifically to be the right shape for a good club. Clubs were not only weapons but objects of veneration that held mana or great spiritual power. This example is like early 19th Century, Collected in the late 19th century and at the time it was already significantly old. In pre European contact times there was always the threat or actuality of fighting between different nearby tribal groups and villages, alliances were made and broken and time of violence were common in Fiji. This club is in very good condition. no restorations. When you hold it in your hands you can feel the perfect balance that the artist achieved.
Provenance: This old club came from a Fijian Plantation Manager Mr Cox who was in Fiji 1900 to 1910.
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