Rare Fijian War Club ‘Buli Buli’ with an expanded head regularly carved with raised studs
Rare Fijian War Club ‘Buli Buli’ with an expanded head regularly carved with raised studs

Rare Fijian War Club ‘Buli Buli’ with an expanded head regularly carved with raised studs

1700 to 1900 Fiji

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A Rare Fijian War Club ‘Buli Buli’ with an expanded head regularly carved with raised
studs. Old collection number: 2914
18th – early 19th Century

Size: 65.5cm long – 25¾ ins long
Provenance: Ex American collection
Prestige and adulation was accorded to those accomplished in the martial arts, although these were only achieved by using a weapon effectively, and so the Fijian warrior would choose a club that suited his stature and natural movements. The two handed club was the traditional and favourite weapon. Different weapons were used for different types of blow and this club was a striker or crusher that was used with a downward smashing motion.
It is said that the terrible wounds inflicted by the war clubs can still be seen on smashed skulls in burial caves on Fiji and that some warriors survived the heavy blows to live on for years with dramatically misshapen heads.
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