From: Easter Island

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number P3142A
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Easter Island
Section Oceanian
Materials Wood | Bone | Obsidian

Chief's staff (ua). Long, slender staff of medium- brown wood, flaring slightly towards end. Smaller than P4806. Top is carved as janus faces with furrowed crania, prominent cheekbones. One long ear with small round plug, other ear broken off. On one face the eyes are round pits (once inlaid); on the other face one eye is a round pit without inlay and the other eye is inlaid with a bone ring and obsidian center. Vertical crack in one face. Carried by important chiefs as symbols of power and authority.

Length 101 cm
Width 6 cm
Credit Line Purchased from W. O. Oldman, 1912

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