Fijian 19th Century Gata War Club Ex - Bill Jamieson Collection
This 40" long hardwood 19th century Fijian Gata War Club is a nice example with a very intricate Tavatava covered grip as well as a single row of Tavatava carving along either side of the club's heavy spurred head. Both lines of carved design intersect in a V shape at the backside of the shaft just below the curve. This accent is quite unique. Some of the Tavatava of the grip is heavily patinated and has what appears to be lime inlay on one side. The spur atop the head has a chip on one side but even the exposed wood in thgis area of loss has patination as this is an old chip. There is a crack along the bend of the shaft (above the Tavatava's intersection) but it is stable and does not go through.
This club was formerly part of the late Bill Jamieson's collection. Bill was a Canadian Ethnographic Dealer and Collector who bought the Niagara Falls Museum in 1999. The Niagara Falls Museum was Canada's oldest museum being established in 1827.