Club

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-174808

Description

Wood club from Tonga, a variation of apa'apai club. Four-sided, faceted shape ending in a faceted point. The club is narrower and rounder at the handle end, and progresses up to a more defined and wider surface at the head. Many carved panels filled with varying geometric designs of zigzags, lines, circles, and triangles cover all surfaces. On the upper half of the club, interspersed with the geometric carvings, are figures of birds, a man attacking another man with a club, and a man standing facing out holding what appears to be clubs in his hands. The figure is flanked with two upright rectangles each topped with a palm-frond shape (trees?). Clubs like this were carried by Tongan warriors for use in combat and as a sign of status and rank.

Details

Descriptive Terms

clubs (weapons)
wood (plant material)
Polynesian
Club

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

E47,137
FD139

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Dimensions

3 1/2 x 3 (WxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.1489

Places

Tonga