University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-93-16
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Marquesas Islands
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Length: 150.6 cm
Width: 18 cm
Depth: 12.5 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from the Estate of George Byron Gordon, 1929

Description

War club, wood. 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] Hall, H. U.. 1921. ""Art of the Marquesas Islanders"". The Museum Journal.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum. Vol. XII. no. No. 4. pg. 252-292 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig. 80View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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