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2006.44.1488 (RS180553)

Description

Long, heavy, cylindrical wooden war club, or povai, covered with carved panels containing small zig-zag patterns, very likely from Tonga but possibly from Samoa or Fiji. Only the handle end and top of the club are unadorned. The shape of the club tapers from narrower at the handle to wider at the head, and the head is slightly convex. A club like this would have been used in hand-to-hand combat and would have been carried by men as a sign of rank and warrior status.

Details

Maker
unknown
Associated Building
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
wood (plant material)
Object type
Armament -- Bludgeon
Places
Fiji
Descriptive terms
Club
clubs (weapons)
Polynesian
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
3 1/4 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.1488
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
174813
Reference Notes
Journal of the Polynesian Sociey, Vol 66, No 4, 1957

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