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Inlayed War Club

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Steatite, lead
DATES early 19th century
DIMENSIONS 18 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 5/8 in. (47 x 14 x 1.6 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund
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CAPTION Sioux (Native American). 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
IMAGE group, 50.67.67_50.67.71_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The 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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Inlayed War Club