Totokia club. Totokia, sometimes referred to as pandanus clubs, have spherical heads with upwards of a hundred radiating conical spikes around a long, tapering teardrop-ended spike. They seem to have developed from the lighter and less elaborate ‘i tuki’ club type around the turn of the 19th century with the importation of steel carving tools. These clubs were intended to smash in the opponents skull, and were often buried with men in order to overcome the giants who guarded the pathway to Burotu, the afterlife.

Object Summary

Museum Number E2024
Simple Name weapon
Full Name curved and unspurred club
Common Name club
Production country Fiji
Collection class Arms and armour
Collection continent Pacific
Collection area/region POLYN
Production continent Oceania
Production year high pre 1880