This is an unusual late 18th century – early 19th Century ‘Vunikau’ or war club, from Fiji. A natural root club with a good patina of age and wear. Provenance: from an old Northern Ireland collection. The artefact is in very fine condition and measures 340mm long.

Literature: “The club was the Fijian warrior's favourite weapon. He had his spears, from ten to fifteen feet long and often richly carved, efficient bows and arrows, and slings for throwing stones; but, although these had each its special use, none approached the club in popularity.” R. A. Derrick, “Notes on Fijian Clubs, (With a System of Classification)”.

Price: 380.00

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Fijian Islands War Club. NP Collectables
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