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19th C. Fiji Islands Kiakavo Hard Wood War Club

Oceania, Fiji Islands, ca. 19th century CE. A gorgeous example of the distinctive double-headed kiakavo war club. This style is sometimes called a "snake" type club with "waka kiakavo" ridges on the back of the head. The entire surface is highly polished, with a deliberately rougher area left under the "chin" of the snake head. These weapons had both ceremonial and functional roles, and their forms were cultivated from living trees. The ridges were beaten into the tree while it was still growing, to allow the curved shape to arise "naturally" instead of having to be later carved. Lacking a cutting edge, this distinctive weapon was mainly used in dance performances. Size: 9.5" W x 38.5" H (24.1 cm x 97.8 cm); 42.75" H (108.6 cm) on included custom stand.

Condition: Small chips from base and surface, including some stable cracks along the upper portion, all signs of age and handling, with smooth, dark patina.

Provenance: private Michigan, USA collection

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