Club

Fiji
20th century, 1950–2000
Artist unknown, Pacific Islander, Artist Unidentified, Pacific Islander


Object Place: Fiji

Dimensions

Overall: 100 x 23.5 x 7 cm (39 3/8 x 9 1/4 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2750

Medium or Technique

Wood, plaited coconut fiber cord

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Arms and armor

Eighteenth-century explorers such as Captain James Cook collected weapons made and used by Pacific islanders. For such travelers the clubs were exotic curiosities. Then, in the late nineteenth century, anthropologists studied such clubs as cultural artifacts. Since the 1930s, their purity of shape, ingenuity of form, and attractive patina have increasingly attracted attention to the clubs as works of art.

Inscription

white label typed glued on handle: "CLUB Fiji"; paper typed and taped to handle:"Fiji, gata or gunstock club"

Provenance

1978, sold by Oceanie-Afrique Noir (OAN) Gallery, New York, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart