Inlayed War Club
Arts of the Americas
early 19th century
18 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 5/8 in. (47 x 14 x 1.6 cm) (show scale)
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Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund
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Sioux. Inlayed War Club, early 19th century. Steatite, lead, 18 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 5/8 in. (47 x 14 x 1.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund, 50.67.71. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 50.67.67_50.67.71_PS1.jpg)
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Sioux gun stock club (bottom in photograph) is made of red pipestone too brittle to use for battle. It may have been used in ceremonies since the lead inlays represent potent images; the sun, a bison, a deer, a thunderbird, hearts and arrows. Alternatively, it may have been made for sale. The reverse side at one time also had lead inlays and shows markings that may be more related to astrological signs, half-moons, stars and crossed diamonds.
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