Throwing club

“I ula tavatava” throwing club, organically lobed.
Throwing clubs for human targets were only found in Fiji and take several forms ranging from types resembling short woodstock clubs to lobed throwing clubs. They could be used in three main ways, either thrown in high arcing volleys (as a substitute for bows and arrows), thrown at point blank range to kill a man outright (commonly used by Fijian assassins) or to deliver the final blow to an otherwise incapacitated man. Men became very attached to their throwing clubs and often wore a pair tucked into their waist sash, pistol fashion. After the death of their owner, many were wrapped in barkcloth with a tabua whalebone, smeared in turmeric and kept inside a basket in the temple.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Arms and armour
Collection Area Region
Common Name
throwing club
Simple Name
Production Country
Production Year High
pre 1869

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throwing club