Click on Offerings to return to Main Menu

A very old and superbly marked Fijian Ula Tavatava SOLD

  • Fiji

    An old 18th/19th Century Ula 'blooded' Tavatava. Used as a throwing weapon by Fijian warriors to bring down the enemy. Almost black in colour, L42cm. Very old patina with over 140 ‘Dil’ on shaft some forming intricate lines and groups and 106 forming two large circles on the head. Often thought to be ’ kill’ marks. However as Baron Von Hügel states in ‘The Fiji Journals of Baron Von Hügel 1875-77’ (1990 Note 15 page 462) he was informed that the notches ‘ registered the time elapsing after a death, when mourning feasts and ceremonies took place'. These dots signified particulary signified the amount of nights passed.

    Kill notches were deeper not in long lines. I believe there are around such 'kill' notches on the shaft.

    Ex UK Collection



  • Instagram Social Icon
  • Pinterest Social Icon
  • Raccanello Tribal Art Vienna


All your details are password protected and not shared. 

Cookies are collected by the Wix site platform and protected via GDPR regulations. 

If you wish to continue hearing from us there is nothing you need to do. 

You will only be contacted into the future in relation to art fairs we are exhibiting at or newsletters relating to the web site or that of Raccanello Tribal Art. 

If you no longer wish to receive these announcements please let us know at anytime by contacting us directly.