bowai (Club)

About this object

History of use

Double-handed clubs, or i wau, come in a variety of types, bowai being just one. Clubs used in close combat to bludgeon, to defend by holding out in front, or in ceremonial dance.

Physical description

One piece, cylindrical, brown wood piece that has slightly flared ends. Stout shaft swells slightly to carved blunt grip end. Carved pattern is vertical zigzag lines separated from others by straight lines and bordered by four horizontal bands of the same. Extends down the length to cover one-fifth. Blunt opposite end is conical-shaped. Dark brown patina. Yellowed tag attached.