Club Z 3097

Club, Totokia
This totokia is entirely carved with very fine zigzags pattern (tavatava) and a number of small figures: one figure holds a totokia club, one a turtle and another is being attacked by a shark.
Originally from Fiji. Acquired by A. von Hügel, c. 1895, London. Z 3097

Chiefly clubs
Clubs were not only efficient weapons. They were also symbols of high status and vehicles connecting warriors to ancestor spirits through complex rituals. Their manufacture testifies to the high level of skills of Fijian and Western Polynesian wood-carvers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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