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A Rare and Unusual Fijian 'Bowai' War Club (1800 to 1900 Fiji)
61.50cm high (24.21 inches high)Literature
'Bowai' are war clubs used in close combat and are shaped like a baseball bat with a tapered shaft and rounded tip. However they were probably introduced to Fiji from Tonga. A watercolour now held in the Fiji museum dated 1841 painted on the back of an old letter by the Rev Thomas Williams shows amongst a variety of Fijian weapons a very similar shaped club to this example.
A Rare and Unusual Fijian ‘Bowai’ War Club