Rootstock, vunikau vividrasa club with elaborate tricolour binding evoking a snake. Rootstock clubs often have coconut fibre windings, pandanus binding or the application of red textiles to the neck which indicates that they may have been a central part of the more Melanesian culture of Colo, the interior highland region of Viti Levu. the decoration also implies that they were used for ceremonial purposes as well as practical everyday use.

Object Summary

Museum Number 51/1925/4
Simple Name weapon
Full Name rootstock club
Common Name club
Production country Fiji
Material wood; fibre
Collection class Arms and armour
Collection continent Pacific
Collection area/region POLYN
Production continent Oceania
Production year high 1925
Function name weapon
Function detail used to thrust into the opponent’s body, as well as to crush his head