Totokia titobu war club
Beaked Battle Hammer
H: 32 ¼ in. (82 cm)
Ex private collection, New York
Ex Sotheby’s, New York, November 16, 1985, lot 361
Ex collection Abraham Rosman and Paula Rubel, New York,
acquired at the above auction
War clubs conferred prestige on their owners, and were proof of their status as warriors.
Such Totokia war clubs were one of the arms preferred by chiefs because of their tremendous efficiency. The term « skullcracker » in this case could be taken quite literally... These weapons have sometimes been described improperly as « pineapple clubs » but the first known examples of totokia were carved before the introduction of the pineapple to Fiji.
The war club presented here is an exceptional example in terms of the quality of its sculpture.