[singlepic id=193 w=250 h=450 float=none]Club, Bowai
Very large and heavy bowai. A cord of plaited coir threaded with white glass beads is attached around the handle. The size of this club suggests that it was owned by someone of high status.
Fiji. Collected by Sir A. Gordon, 1875-80. Z 3296
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.