Club (u'u)

Marquesas Islands
18th century
Artist Unidentified, Pacific Islander

Object Place: Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tamanuja wood

Not On View


Africa and Oceania


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)


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