U'u fighting and prestige club, it has two...

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U'u fighting and prestige club, it has two...

U'u fighting and prestige club, it has two ancestral heads on each side sculpted in relief and haloed with a solar decoration. The top of the shaft is engraved with traditional motifs evoking body tattoos and magical symbols. The proportions of the side parts form stylised heads with projected diamond-shaped mouths.
Hardwood, old brown patina, marks of use
Marquesas Islands, Polynesia, 19th century
146 x 16 x 13 cm

This unusual club has two projecting heads on each side when it is customary to have three. Would this example have been made in the 19th century for exchanges with passing sailors or for a warrior wanting to stand out from the clan? The perfect iconography being in line with tradition, the nature of the wood and the patina would probably allow us to lean towards the second hypothesis.
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