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War Club

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Wood, feather, silk ribbon, pigment
  • Possible Place Collected: Fort Snelling, Minnesota, United States
  • DATES early 19th century
    DIMENSIONS 25 1/2 x 8 x 3/4 in. (64.8 x 20.3 x 1.9 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 50.67.66
    CREDIT LINE Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Chippewa (Native American). War Club, early 19th century. Wood, feather, silk ribbon, pigment, 25 1/2 x 8 x 3/4 in. (64.8 x 20.3 x 1.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund, 50.67.66. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.50.67.66_view1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.50.67.66_view1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This club has the shape of a gunstock, thus the sobriquet 'gunstock club. It may have been used for dance, men’s celebrations, gatherings, and societies. The stock is decorated with red paint and fire markings. Eagle feathers attached to one end have pinked edges. Ribbons decorate the handle, and green military braid serves as a wrist hold.
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    Chippewa (Native American). <em>War Club</em>, early 19th century. Wood, feather, silk ribbon, pigment, 25 1/2 x 8 x 3/4 in. (64.8 x 20.3 x 1.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund, 50.67.66. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.50.67.66_view1.jpg)