[singlepic id=194 w=250 h=450 float=none]Club, Bowai
The surface of this bowai is inlaid with tiny discs of whale ivory and a few shell beads. A fibre cord would have been attached to the pierced butt.
Vuda, Narewa, Nadi, Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, December 1875. Z 3205
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.