Fijian Hardwood Pole Club ‘Gadi’
Fijian Hardwood Pole Club ‘Gadi’

Fijian Hardwood Pole Club ‘Gadi’

1800 to 1900 Fiji

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A Long Straight Shafted Fijian Hardwood Pole Club ‘Gadi’
The remains of an old label to the shaft
Old Smooth Patina
Early 19th Century

Size: 122cm long – 48 ins long
Provenance: Ex English Private collection
These pole clubs were widely used as weapons all over Fiji. Like the classic ‘Bowai’ baseball shaped battle club they were very effective skull smashers. They were often made of gadi wood (Storckiella Vitiensis), which was not used for other types of club, and so were known as ‘gadi’. They all have straighter shafts, which do not flare towards the handle, are sawn off flat at the base and have less rounded heads than ‘Bowai’.
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