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Beaked Battle Hammer - Totokia

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1930A24.721
Collection:Ethnography - Oceania
Date:1875 - 1925

Notes

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.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century or 20th century
Material(s):Wood
Place of Origin:Fiji

Dimensions

Height:867 mm
Width:105 mm