University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native Name'U'U
Object Number:P2159
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Marquesas Islands
Date Made: Before 1911
Late Date: Before 1911
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Length: 157 Centimeters/Inches
Width: 18 Centimeters/Inches
Depth: 10.5 Centimeters/Inches
Credit Line:Purchased from W. O. Oldman; Subscription of Herbert L. Clark in memory of Edward W. Clark, 1911
Other Number:16401 - Oldman Number

Description

War club. 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 ad 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.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Polynesia Gallery (28 Jan 1982 - Jun 2010) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] Hall, H. U. 1921. "Art of the Marquesas Islanders". The Museum Journal. Vol. XII (No. 4): pp. 252-292.View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Sebbelov, Gerda. 1911. The E.W. Clark Collection: Polynesia.View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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