University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:P4844
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Marquesas Islands
Length: 153 cm
Width: 18.7 cm
Depth: 8.5 cm


Ceremonial. Head damaged. Service of sinnet near butt of shaft. 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.

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