The warring tribes of Oceanias Fiji were rarely seen without a Fijian Ula close to hand. Ulas had a dual purpose and a unique place in the Fijians arsenal of weapons. They are the most common of all Fijian weapons. This fact is probably because they were the most effective, easiest to carry and most versatile in battle, quicker to make and finally several were carried at once.
The dual purpose of the Fijian Ula was as a high-velocity missile and as a weapon for killing an enemy. With the help of the extended handle, the ula could be thrown at high speed and with great accuracy. The target was the opponents head, which could suffer colossal damage and undoubtedly death from a single blow. Having thrown the Ula, the wise Fijian warrior would carry several more wrapped in the folds of his cloth belt.
Ensuring a completed kill and fending off further attackers. With this close daily contact with the warrior, the Ula was an essential object of display and symbol passed from generation to generation. On the death of the warrior, according to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum his ulas would be placed in the temple wrapped in barkcloth with a tabua tooth, coated in turmeric.Fijian turmeric has a particularly high concentration of curcumin, the active healing ingredient. It would have been revered as magical and even spiritual. This Fijian Ula is called a I ula tavatava. It shares the name with another club that has an incised head such as this one. The current club, however, has ten lobes of even size and a central domed point. The stem tapers thinner in the middle and fatter at the ends. The stem is incised with a geometrical horizontal and vertical zigzags within raised lines around the end to act as a handle. The tip is recessed into the handle. The Ula is in very good condition with slight wear on the shaft.
The Ula is a dark red-brown patina and well-handled surface. Many thanks for looking & good luck with your search. The item "FIJIAN LOBBED I ULA TAVATAVA MELANESIA THROWING/TRIBAL CLUB HAND CARVED GRIP" is in sale since Saturday, February 6, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectables\Ethnographic Collectables\African Collectables". The seller is "thegreek-uk" and is located in Enfield.
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