Summary

An immense range of weaponry was available to Fijian warriors in their conduct of warfare, which included the ceremonial practice of cannibalism. Wooden objects account for most of Fiji's material culture. Vesi and other woods were used for the many varieties of clubs, adze handles and canoe timbers. Sacred vesi wood was used for ceremonial objects, including so-called cannibal forks. The wood carvers of Fiji formed a group known as the "matai" which incoporated chiefs and specialist carvers. Clubs were made in a number of forms. This one is a throwing club, known as "i ula drisia" (ball-headed root-club). Sometimes, a tooth from the victim was used as an inlay, placed into the head. Clubs were often highly carved, often with "tavatava" (a zig-zag pattern separtated with straight lines) or a chequer pattern, or sometimes patterns resembling coconut cord binding techniques. Clubs might also be used in dancing: for the latter, a light weight wood might subsitutes for the heavier timber.

Physical Description

A club made from wood comprising a large bulbous head. Human teeth have been inlaid into the head.

Local Name

iula drisia

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