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War Club, With Spear

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

A wooden war club with spear, or metal spike. Formerly part of the U.S. Department of War collections, no cultural designation was given. Possibly Omaha or Otoe, though.

FROM CARD: "ILLUS. IN BAE 13TH AR, FIG. 320, P. 283 (OMAHA CLUB) THIS SPECIMEN BEARS "WAR DEPARTMENT 1841" NOTATION. SIOUX TYPE OF CLUB, JCE 11/1978. DETAIL OF CLUB ILLUS.: EWERS, JOHN C. PLAINS INDIAN SCULPTURE; FIG. 125, PG. 137. IDENTIFIED THERE AS WEASEL EFFIGY WAR CLUB; PAINTED WOOD, METAL SPIKE; UPPER MISSOURI."
PROBABLY OMAHA OR OTO, CIRCA 1840, per Colin Taylor, 1994.
Entered in the orginal ledger catalog as from the War Department, no cultural designation given. Marked on specimen as War Dept. Length: 21"

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  • Title: War Club, With Spear
  • Physical Dimensions: L: 21in (53.3cm)
  • Type: Club
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • External Link: View this object record in the Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center
  • Medium: Wood, metal
  • USNM Catalog Number(s): E2649-0
  • Photo Credit: Donald E. Hurlbert, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Field: Ethnology
  • Accession Date: 1867-12-31

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