Fijian ‘Buli Buli’ War Club the Expanding Spherical Head
Fijian ‘Buli Buli’ War Club the Expanding Spherical Head
Fijian ‘Buli Buli’ War Club the Expanding Spherical Head

Fijian ‘Buli Buli’ War Club the Expanding Spherical Head

1700 to 1900 Fiji

Offered by Finch & Co

Sold
Request Information Call Dealer
Favourite Item
A Rare Fijian ‘Buli Buli’ War Club the Expanding Spherical Head Carefully Carved from a Ball of Rootlets Forming Regularly Spaced Raised Studs
A series of dots down the shaft probably indicating successful combat strikes
Fine smooth silky patina
Late 18th – Early 19th Century

Size: 80cm long – 31½ ins long
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 12, item no. 96, for another example
Provenance: Ex Private English collection
cf: A very similar club collected by Captain Cook in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter (E1211)

Comparable to a European mace, clubs such as this were designed to inflict a lethal crushing blow to the head. To slay an enemy with a club at close quarters brought more prestige than any other form of combat and earned the warrior the coveted status of ‘Koroi’ or killer. Like the swords of medieval Europe and Japan, Fijian clubs were often given individual names referring to their destructive powers. In 1858 the missionary Thomas Williams wrote ‘…those clubs which belong to distinguished warriors have emphatic names… Kadiga Ni Damuni, Damaging beyond Hope… Na Tagi Ka Kere Bole, The Weeping (for the Dead I Slew).’
Medium
Wood
Finch & Co

Finch & Co
Suite No 744
2 Old Brompton Road
London
SW7 3DQ
England

+44 (0)20-7413 9937
+44 (0)7836 684133
Favourite Dealer
Request Dealer Alerts
Opening Hours
Contacts
Member Since 2006
Members of
View Full Details

Browse More Items From Finch & Co

View Dealer's Gallery