20th century
Artist Unidentified, Pacific Islander

Object Place: Samoa

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

wood, wire

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art


Axes, maces, clubs

The Samoan Islands span nearly 450 kilometers of ocean. Much like Fiji, the Samoan islands were constantly enveloped in wars and skirmishes amongst the various chiefdoms. Fighting between the Samoans and the Tongans was particularly common one hundred years prior to the arrival of Cook’s expedition. War clubs and spears are amongst the most common artifacts associated with the Islands. This club has notched tooth-like protrusions on the left side and what may be Samoan tattoo patterns on the right side.


Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart