Club

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-174813

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

Descriptive Terms

clubs (weapons)
wood (plant material)
Polynesian
Club

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

E47,138?
FD139

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Armament -- Bludgeon

Dimensions

3 1/4 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.1488

Reference Notes

Journal of the Polynesian Sociey, Vol 66, No 4, 1957

Places

Fiji