19TH CENTURY FIJIAN TOTOKIA BATTLE-HAMMER WAR CLUB
Period/Date: First Quarter of the 19th Century
Materials: drausa, Hardwood
Dimensions: Length 32.75" (83.5 cm), Overall Length of Beaked Head 9" (23 cm) Width of Lobed Pineapple Region 3.75" (9.5 cm)
Description: This classic heavy weight example "i tuki drausa" has fine symmetry with beautiful color and patination. It is in excellent condition having a few old chips to the lobes and butt of the handle. It comes with a custom metal display stand.
According to Fijian Weapons and Warfare by Clunie, "It was designed to drive or peck a neat hole through the enemy's skull, the weight of the bulky head being concentrated in the point of the beak. These clubs were much carried by chiefs in both life and death and according to tradition were particularly favored for murder and in skirmish warfare in think bush, the heavy head driving the beak through the skull without a long warning swing likely to alert the target or catch on undergrowth. These clubs were also used in open battle, to kill wounded enemies, to execute offenders, and sometimes to severley beat social criminals about the body."