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War Club, "Culacula"

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

"Culacula," priest's or chief's hardwood club, with a narrow paddle-like blade, serrated edges and a cross rib at the base. The thin edge of the blade was used as a weapon, for cutting and snapping through bone. Marks: remnant of a red and white tag reads, "P. 98". Publication: for a similar club see Fergus Clunie, "Yalo I Viti," Fiji Museum, 1986, pp. 119 & 185, and Clunie, "Fijian Weapons and Warfare," 1977, p. 55-56. Note on old catalogue card states, "Paddle type (Churchill's 'serrated' type). Attached tag says 'Fiji Is. E[dge]. Partington]. 98". Exhibited Magnificent Voyagers, National Museum of Natural History, 1985-86.

From card: "Paddle type (Churchill's "Serrated" type). Attached tag says "Fiji Is. E. P. 98".

This object was collected in Fiji under the direction of Lt. Charles Wilkes, leader of the historic United States Exploring Expedition, the American scientific expedition to circumnavigate the globe. The objects collected from that expedition became some of the founding collections of the Smithsonian Institution.

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  • Title: War Club, "Culacula"
  • Location: Fiji, Melanesia
  • Physical Dimensions: L: 107cm W: 10.4cm, 21cm D: 4.2cm
  • Type: Club
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • External Link: View this object record in the Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center
  • Medium: Hardwood
  • USNM Catalog Number(s): E2892
  • Photo Credit: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Field: Ethnology
  • Date Collected: 1838
  • Accession Date: 1858

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