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  • Cowichan peoples
  • club, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Diameter: 53 x 6.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 20 7/8 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6166

The wooden club is slightly curved. The handle end has a round knob at the end, decorated with a human face. There is a prominent ridge between the handle and the remainder of the club. The club is larger at the free end and tapers to the handle. There is a seal face on the end. The shaft of the club is decorated with a fish, a seal and a snake (both with cross hatching) and a long unidentified figure. It is brown.

It was used for killing fish or seals once caught.