Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Penawapskewi (Penobscot) maker
  • club, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States or Canada
  • wood, animal teeth, paint, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 60 x 8 x 10 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 23 5/8 x 3 1/8 x 3 7/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6129

The club has a human head at one end. The head has a brown snake with black spots on top and down the back of the head and club. The face is red, but the area around the eyes, nose and mouth are yellow. There is a broken animal tooth in the mouth. Most of the length of the club is rectangular in cross section. The facing left side is decorated with a turtle and a pipe. The facing right side is decorate with an otter and a bird. The handle of the club is rounded with a knob at the end. The length of the club is dark brown or black with red in the recessed areas around the designs.