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War club of dark wood inlaid with white shell beads used in the battle of Korowaiwai in April 1873. This battle was part of the heightened conflict on the northwest coast of Viti Levu between highlanders and settlers,the latter supported by the British Subjects’ Mutual Protection Society and Fijian auxiliaries in the Cakobau government.
Korowaiwai, Ra, Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 1875-77. Z 39432
Alliances and Warfare
Prestigious objects, such as ornaments made from whale teeth, were used to encourage alliances between potential allies in shifting relationships between competing chiefly confederacies in the mid-19th century. Weapons recovered from battles highlight the struggle between the Cakobau government and the highlanders of Viti Levu.