19TH C. FIJIAN BOWAI CLUB OF ENORMOUS PROPORTIONS
Origin: W. Polynesia, Fiji
Period/Date: likely early 19th century
Materials: vesi ironwood
Description: This club is an amazing example and not just for its large size. Its so thick you can't even close your hands around it to grip it! During its life two large square antique iron nails were driven into it. One is still partially embedded about an inch below the handgrip and the other appears as a blackened open hole. Studying these ancient nail holes we see that the shrub was still growing while the nails were driven in. This confirms the large shrub was used as a post or some other type of anchoring structure before it was cut and harvested to make this massive club! It has clearly had a long and fascinating history. There is 7.5" of broad tavatava chip carving around the handgrip. The butt of the club has two pierced holes for cord attachment. The club has handsome color and significant weight. Some minor chip and battle dents. A custom stand maybe ordered for a fee.
Dimensions: Length 36.25" (92 cm), Width 2.5" (6.5 cm), Circumference 7.75" (19.5 cm)
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