BOWAI WAR CLUBS, FIJI
Two:; 19th c.; Carved wood; 45" x 3" x 3"; 19th c.; Carved wood with incised handle; 42" x 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"; Provenance; Allan Stone Collection, New York
Sale Price: $4,063
Estimate: $400 - $800
Warfare was part of everyday life in Fijian society, with local feuding and bloody civil wars. Clubs were the foremost weapons used in warfare, and the highly diversified array of Fijian war clubs reveals that the Fijian devised a weapon for every type of stroke. Not all clubs were used for warfare, howeve. Some were for ceremonial exchange, and decorative clubs of the type exclusive to chiefs and priests were handed down as heirlooms. Heavy clubs were used in war; lighter ones were often carved for use in dance.