19TH C. FIJIAN POLE CLUB
From a US collection
P17.....19TH C. FIJIAN POLE CLUB
Polynesia, Fiji (possibly Samoa) (Provenance: Previously in an old Collection in Florida)
Superb pole club called a ("gadi", "mada", or "moivi") has a cylindrical shaft which transitions into a square head flaring at the top. Mid 19th century and features chip-carved geometric decoration covering two thirds of its surface. In some areas the carving is exceedingly small and intricate. There is a singular very intriguing stylized human figure "glyph" located in a band about 2 inches above where the carving terminates at the handle. The figure appears to be female (?) and has sharp angular features. The club still retains its pierced lug at the butt of its handle. The shaft has a slight curve to it. The carving on its flat top was laid out and begun but was ultimately left unfinished. The club has obviously seen a lot of traditional use and has some old loss and chips around the edges as would be expected on an old weapon. Dark rich glossy patina from age and use (no varnish of any kind).