U’a janiform staff, inlaid with fish vertebrae and obsidian eyes. Wood was extremely scarce on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), so wooden staves were markers of high status. The two faces on these staffs have distended earlobes - a mark of the ruling class. Rapa Nui had extensive obsidian deposits and therefore superior carving tools, which is reflected in the sophistication of the carving.
Acquired by Sir Mark Grant-Sturgis and donated in 1935. L.1210mm