Staff

Description
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
Accession Loan No.
126/1935/1
Simple Name
staff
Full Name
bifacial staff
Common Name
staff
Production Country
Easter Island (Special Territory of Chile)
Material
wood; fish spine; obsidian chips
Collection Class
Religion and magic
Collection Contintent
Pacific
Collection Area Region
POLYN
Production County
Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
Production Area Region
Polynesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Production Year High
1935
Function Name
weapon status
Created At
2016-10-13 15:46:17
Updated At
2019-05-29 17:27:05

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