Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • American Samoa
  • nifo'oti, late 1800s–1939
  • Where object was made: American Samoa
  • wood, plant fiber, pigment, carving, braiding
  • Object Length/Width: 96 x 15 cm
    Object Length/Width: 37 3/4 x 5 7/8 in
  • Gift of John A. Landgrebe
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3477

The paddle-like staff has a rectangular blade with a hook at the end. The face is decorated with a long trapezoidal shape, defined with two scalloped lines. Two scalloped lines form an "X" in the rectangle and two parallel scalloped lines cross the "X." "SAMOA" is incised at the narrow end of the trapezoid. It was rubbed with white pigment. The same design is present on both sides.

The handle has a square cross-section. It is wrapped with braided plant fibers. There is a loop of braided fibers at the end.