War club

Pawnee, Native American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 746

This ceremonial club, popularly referred to as a gunstock club, takes the form of a deer leg and is inscribed with cosmological imagery: one side has thirty-seven four-pointed stars, and the other has the graceful image of a comet complemented by four zigzag lines. Holes and channels that span the trailing edge of the club may have held feathers or other adornments.

War club, Wood and pigment, Pawnee, Native American

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