Throwing club

“I ula drisia” throwing club. Throwing clubs for human targets were only found in Fiji and take several forms ranging from types resembling short woodstock clubs to lobed throwing clubs. They could be used in three main ways, either thrown in high arcing volleys (as a substitute for bows and arrows), thrown at point blank range to kill a man outright (commonly used by Fijian assassins) or to deliver the final blow to an otherwise incapacitated man. Men became very attached to their throwing clubs and often wore a pair tucked into their waist sash, pistol fashion. After the death of their owner, many were wrapped in barkcloth with a tabua whalebone, smeared in turmeric and kept inside a basket in the temple.

Object Summary

Museum Number 102/1949/1
Simple Name weapon
Full Name throwing club
Common Name throwing club
Production country Fiji
Material wood
Collection class Arms and armour
Collection continent Pacific
Collection area/region POLYN
Production continent Oceania
Function name weapon