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Native Name'U'U
Object Number:P2159
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Marquesas Islands
Date Made: Before 1911
Late Date: 1911
Length: 157 cm
Width: 18 cm
Depth: 10.5 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from W. O. Oldman; Subscription of Herbert L. Clark in memory of Edward W. Clark, 1911
Other Number:16401 - Dealer's Number


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


[Article] Hall, Henry U. 1921. "Art of the Marquesas Islanders". The Museum Journal. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 12. no. 4. pg. 252-292 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 252, fig. 78; p. 254, fig. 79; p. 256, fig. 81; p. 257, fig. 82View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Sebbelov, Gerda. Sep 1911. "The E.W. Clark Collection: Polynesia". The Museum Journal. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 2. no. 3. pg. 60-67 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 62, fig 49View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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