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Object Number: 62-15-1
Current Location: Native American Voices
Currently On Display
Provenience: Wisconsin
Fort Winnebago
Culture Area: Northeast
Length: 34cm
Width: 12cm
Thickness: 3.5cm
Credit Line:Purchased from A. Edith Pusey through T. S. Naughnessy, 1962


Antler. Large, smoothed, engraved "war club." The handle is 20 cm long and is made from the first tine of the antler (moose). The other two antler prongs were sawed off to make striking edges of the head. All but the sawed off edges have been polished. There are two holes drilled into the handle, probably to hold a hand strap. A square mirror is inset on the front face of the club head. It is held by eight small nails. At each end of the four corners of the inset there is a tack hammered into the antler. On the front face above the mirror is an engraved bison. The edges of the face are decorated with triangular line engravings. There are also nine circles with geometric designs engraved. Each engraving surrounds a hole which originally were set with tacks. On the reverse face, seven animal figures are engraved: 2 bison, 1 deer, 2 badgers, and 2 stylized animals. These animals surround a worm-like water monster with lines emitting from its eyes. Triangles similar to the front face outline the engravings. Bands of etched lines continue half-way down the handle.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Native American Voices: The People - Here and Now (01 Mar 2014 - Nov 2018)View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Eyeman, Frances. 1963. An Unusual Winnebago War Club and an American Water Monster. Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 5 (4) Actual CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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