Ball-headed War Club with Spike
Arts of the Americas
Wood, brass nail studs, pigment
early 19th century
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Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund
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Menominee (Native American). Ball-headed War Club with Spike, early 19th century. Wood, brass nail studs, pigment, 24 1/4 in. (61.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund, 50.67.61. Creative Commons-BY
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This ball headed war club has a metal spike on the ball. A design formed by tacks running along the edges and along the center is the motif on one side. The other side has an engraved floral design through the center with black and red pigment inside the grooves. Tacks also run along the edge of this side. Many of these clubs were used by men more for prestige, being carried similar to a cane, than for warfare.
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