c1825 Fijian Ula Kitu Throwing Club with Tavatava Grip


A fine example of an early Fijian ‘Ula Kitu’ throwing club, dating from the early to mid-19th century.
The throwing club would have been used at short range, with each warrior carrying one around his waist. The smooth spherical head has been carved from the rootstock of a small tree, the trunk forming the shaft and handle. The handle has the carved ‘tavatava’ geometrical patterns, that improve the grip of the user. There are some faint rings. The club is heavy and has accumulated a rich dark patina with age. It is in good condition, but displays evidence of battle scars.
Size: 8.5 x 41.5 cm (3 3/8 x 16 3/8 inches)
Weight: 443 g