Club (u'u)

Oceanic, Marquesas Islands
18th century
Artist Unidentified, Pacific Islander


Object Place: Marquesas Islands, Polynesia

Dimensions

139.7 x 16.51 cm (55 x 6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

69.1287

Medium or Technique

Tamanuja wood

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Arms and armor

Marquesan men used clubs for fighting and displayed them as symbols of prestige. They were also valued heirlooms; these examples were probably used for as long as two hundred years. Although such clubs initially look very much alike, the designs in the two relief bands below the transverse bar actually show great variety. The motifs used may have been the personal emblems of the man for whom the club was made. (See also; 1992.342)

Provenance

1969, gift of Rowland Burdon-Muller (b. 1891 - d. 1980), Boston and Camden, ME, to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 4, 1969)

Credit Line

Gift of Rowland Burdon-Muller