Rare Antique Fijian War Club/ Fiji Islands 19th Century/ Oceanic-south Pacific For Sale
Antique Fijian War Club "Kiakavo Vividrasa"
Fiji Islands - 19th Century
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Length - of shaft - 2.25"
Fine old Fijian war club of the type known as "Kiakavo Vividrasa" and dating from the early to mid 19th century.
This club is of traditional shape with splayed top, knob-end handle, honey-brown patina, and especially noteworthy for it's decorated sinnet handle. The handle is wrapped with striped bands of braided plant fiber, braided plant fiber intertwined with red and green trade wool, and a shiny, very dark brown - black animal hair or hair-like plant fiber. There are also about 28 very tiny (1 mm) glass seed beads woven in towards the middle of the handle, some almost hidden by the braided cord. I don't know the significance of these beads.
The club shows much wear from tribal use and has a fine old patina. It is made of a very hard and heavy wood and is relatively thick, unlike the later 19th century and 20th century examples.
Early to mid 19th century.
Good ethnographically-used condition, as shown in the photos and with the following noted: Small scratches and wear over all. Small, very old and worn down chips to the knob handle. Some areas of loss and fraying of the sinnet braided decoration, mostly on one side (the side that does not have many beads). Small thin craze lines to the wood, from age, at the head of the club. There are no cracks or losses to the exposed wood of the club head or handle.
Purchased from an old collection of ethnographic items on the American east coast. No other collection history available.
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This item will be a museum quality addition to any collection of Oceanic or Ethnographic art and will display beautifully in any Mid Century Modern, South Pacific, Victorian, Modernist, or Arts and Crafts decor.
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