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Old silky smooth and dry patina
18th – early 19th Century
Size: 111cm long – 43¾ ins long
Fijian clubs of this quality were expensive products made by specialist craftsmen called ‘Matai’. Using stone adzes they were commissioned by chiefs to carve particular weapons, and they would be paid with feasts and property presentations. Sometimes these weapons were not made for immediate use, but intended for formal exchange ceremonies between different communities and would figure prominently amongst the goods changing hands.