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club with beaded head
  • United States
  • club with beaded head, late 1800s–1930s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • stone, wood, cloth, buckskin, leather, beading
  • Object Length/Diameter: 59 x 6.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 23 1/4 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift of Sister Mary Hubert, St. Mary's College
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3880

The club has a movable stone head. The straight wooden handle is wrapped with unbleached cloth. There is a narrow band of leather near the middle. The end is wrapped with stripes of beads in white, red, yellow pink and green. There is a band of short buckskin fringe and a long buckskin loop at the end.

The round stone head is covered with beading. The top half is yellow, divided into wedges with lines of red or green. The bottom half has wedges of red, outlined in white and divided by lines of red or green. There is short buckskin fringe at the proximal end that was once wrapped with strips of red and white. A wrapped cloth tether allows the head to move.