The Fiji Museum - Virtual Museum


iUla (throwing clubs) were worn alone or in pairs, with their handles thrust through the waistband of a man's loincloth. iUla were fashioned from the dense root-stock of small hardwood trees and had a heavy ball-head. In battle they were thrown to bring down an opponent or fleeing enemy, so that he could be finished off with a heavier two-handed club. When thrown with great speed and precision by men trained since childhood, it's head delivered a heavy, stunning and sometimes lethal blow. This club dates from the mid-1800s. Length: 430mm.

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