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Eighteenth-century explorers such as Captain James Cook collected weapons made and used by Pacific islanders. For such travelers the clubs were exotic curiosities. Then, in the late nineteenth century, anthropologists studied such clubs as cultural artifacts. Since the 1930s, their purity of...

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Inscription

white label typed glued on handle: "CLUB Fiji"; paper typed and taped to handle:"Fiji, gata or gunstock club"

Provenance

By 1978, Oceanie-Afrique Noir (OAN) Gallery, New York, NY; 1978, sold by OAN to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

Fiji, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Fiji

Dimensions

Overall: 100 x 23.5 x 7 cm (39 3/8 x 9 1/4 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2750

Medium or Technique

Wood, plaited coconut fiber cord

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Arms and armor