18TH-19TH C. FIJIAN "CULACULA" WAR CLUB, SUPERB EXAMPLE
W. Polynesia, Fiji, (Provenance: Acquired from an old French collection)
Period/Date: 18th-Early 19th C.
Description: Here's a superb "culacula" war club presented on a custom metal stand! Several special features make this one a great example. Its serrated cutting edge is extremely deeply cut and well sculpted. So often the cutting teeth are tiny. The face of the blade has a decorative zig-zag lighting bolt that is stone carved. The handgrip has a six inch section of "tavatava" being stone or rat-tooth carved which seems to be a rare feature. Only a fraction of these types of club have incised handgrips. The butt of the handle is elongated and elegantly concave. It has beautiful dark rich color turning to deep a red. It is in outstanding condition for its age having some stable age cracks and minor dings as would be expected on a used club of this age. One side of the striking edge has an old glued mend as seen in the photo. However, the piece is all original and integrity is excellent. All original with no restoration.
Dimensions: Length 41.75" (106 cm), Width 7" (18 cm)