THROWING CLUB I-ULA-DRSIA WITH CARVED HANDLE – FIDJI ISLANDS – 19th C
This kind of throwing clubs were made from the roots support of a kind of bush. Every Fidjan man would wear at least one ‘ula’ thrust through his waistband, sometimes in pairs like pistols. They were used as a weapon in close combat or as a projectile when the enemy was on the run. In 1884 the revered Thomas Williams pointed out the throwing club was a favorite murder and assassination weapon mainly because it was such a part of everyday dress that it did not arouse or excite any suspension.
Wood, slightly shiny brown patina, delicate shaft, heavy bowl-shaped club head, banded decor with zigzag ornaments, minimal damage, cracks, slight traces of usage.
52cm high – 39cm wide – 9cm depth
ex Belgian private collection
All dimensions are without the mounting