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War Club

2006.44.1154 (RS180541)

Description

A double headed war club, or 'u'u, from the Marquesas Islands (Te Henua 'Enana). Made of heavy ironwood, or toa, the head of the 'u'u has human-like faces on both sides. These faces are composed of smaller faces and pairs of eyes. The eyes and nose, for instance, are made of small human heads. There are other faces carved at the top of the head and on the edge just above the crossbar. Under the crossbar is a band of intricate carving, another face, and three final bands of carving. There is a long tapered handle ending in a slightly flared base. The carving is slightly different on both sides. 'U'u were carried by members of the warrior class and were used as weapons and as signals of status.

Details

Maker
unknown
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
ironwood
Object type
Armament -- Bludgeon
Places
Îles Marquises (French Polynesia) [island group]
Descriptive terms
Club
clubs (weapons)
ironwood
Polynesian
Dimensions
6 7/8 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.1154
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
170803

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