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


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)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

Fiji, 20th century, 1950–2000

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

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Wood, plaited coconut fiber cord


Africa and Oceania


Arms and armor