Indonesia & Philippines

Early Fijian Sali War Club

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Origin: Fiji Islands

Date: Late 19 - early 20C.


The Sali is a long and heavy war  club from the Fiji Islands. The Sali is carved from the stem of a local extremely hard tree with a short  side branch that makes the fork like head of the club.

The Sali club offered here is an early exemplar. The wide side of the head is carved in a checkered pattern.

The wide side of the head is 13 inches long,  inches wide. The side branch is 4 inches long. Total length 39 inches. Weight 1.5 Kg. Very good condition. Good dark shining age patina. Vewry minor hardly noticed wood chips.

See also:

L. A. D. Montague, “Weapons and Implements of Savage Races” 1921 Pages 90-92
Anthony JP Meyer “Oceanic Art”  page 473 Fig 546


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