It’s amazing what turns up at Plymouth Auction Rooms…
From the South Pacific to Plymouth, our valuers were pleased to identify this non-descript long carved wooden stick as a rare throwing club from the Fijian Islands.
Throwing clubs or ‘i ula’ were invariably made of a single piece of wood, usually an uprooted shrub. Clubs of this type were sometimes used for hand-to-hand combat but they were most effective when thrown, and were capable of delivering devastating blows.
Coming up in the next Antiques & Collectables Auction on the 10th October, Lot 121 is a 19th Century Fijian Ula (Throwing Club), of dense hard wood the domed head carved with a band of lobes, the cylindrical shaft carved at the grip with vertical bands of chevrons, 42.5cm.
The market for Oceanic Tribal art is as hot as the temperature!
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