Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Chuuk Island peoples
  • weapon, late 1800s–1992
  • Where object was made: Federated States of Micronesia
  • breadfruit wood, coconut fiber, shark teeth, carving
  • Length/Width/Depth: 22 x 9 x 4.5 cm
    Length/Width/Depth: 8 5/8 x 3 1/2 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3483

The handheld weapon is shaped like a wooden cylinder, slightly flared in the center, with points at either end. Plant fiber rope is wrapped around the cylinder, just inside the points. There is a strap between the points with sharks teeth. It is probably intended to be worn over the top of the knuckles.