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|Collection:||Ethnography - Oceania|
|Date:||1875 - 1925|
Battle clubs, like other Fijian weapons, were made in a number of traditional styles. This one is known as 'totokia' or beaked battle-hammer.These clubs were used in open battle, to kill wounded enemies, to execute offenders and sometimes to severely beat criminals. They are designed to drive a neat hole through the enemy's skull. They were often buried with chiefs or great warriors to accompany the spirit on the hazardous journey to the afterworld.
|Presented by Arthur Wilkins, 1929.|