University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:P5044
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Marquesas Islands
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Length: 144.5 cm
Width: 16.4 cm
Depth: 11.5 cm
Credit Line:Museum Purchase, 1926

Description

Oval head of usual type; lizard on "ears." Sinnet tube at grip, with human hair. The best known Marquesan weapon is a long, heavy two-handed club called ‘u’u. Clubs of this type were not only effective in battle, but also served as symbols of status for warriors and chiefs. The carved designs, which are repeated on both faces of the club head, include three projecting tiki faces, the top two of which can also be read as “eyes”. Every ‘u’u has the same general design, but no two are precisely alike.


Bibliography:

[Article] Davidson, Daniel S. The Oceanic Collections of the University Museum. The University Museum Bulletin. 12 (3-4) Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 23 (Fig.4)View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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