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OCEANIC ART FROM THE ESTATE OF LYNDA CUNNINGHAM

Throwing Club, Fiji
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 3,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT
52

OCEANIC ART FROM THE ESTATE OF LYNDA CUNNINGHAM

Throwing Club, Fiji
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 3,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

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Throwing Club, Fiji

Provenance

Lynda Cunningham, New York

Catalogue Note

Throwing clubs, i ula, were invariably made of a single piece of wood, usually an uprooted shrub. The present lot is an i ula tavatava, its name referring to the form of its 'elegant fluted head' (Clunie, Fijian Weapons and Warfare, 1977, p. 60), rather than to the characteristic zig-zag grip carving, also known as tavatava.

'One to three throwing clubs were worn in the warrior's waistband, often at the back, being thrust through his girdle like a brace of pistols, of which they were roughly the Fijian equivalent; being essentially a close range projectile weapon carried in addition to a heavier weapon, ready to hand as the situation demanded.' (ibid.)

Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

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