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The head of this vunikau is inlaid with large delicately carved pieces of whale ivory. Some are protruding, others are flush with the surface of the wood. The handle is bound with coir cords (magimagi).
Fiji. Collected by Sir A. Gordon, 1875-80. Z 3174
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.