Club

Bowai with flared handle and four notches. Bowai are tapering two handed clubs which were very popular on Fiji. Early examples have a short sleeve of engraving at the handle to enhance grip, while later example can be more extensively carved due to Tongan influence. Notches are usually taken to indicate the number of humans killed with the weapon. Bowai were also used as divinatory oracles in pre-Christian temple rituals, indicating an answer by falling from an upright position.

Object Summary

Museum Number 27/1986
Simple Name club
Full Name pole club
Common Name club
Production country Fiji
Material wood
Collection class Arms and armour
Collection continent Pacific
Collection area/region POLYN
Production continent Oceania
Production year high 1986
Function name weapon