Staff

Description
This bifacial staff, u’a, has obsidian inlay in the eyes of both faces. This was not only a weapon but a staff of authority that signified high status. This would have been regarded as a portable god image and an embodiment of protective ancestors.
Accession Loan No.
E1216
Collection Class
Religion and magic
Common Name
staff
Simple Name
staff
Full Name
bifacial staff (u’a)
Dimensions
whole length 1090 mm; whole W 60 mm
Production Date
March 1774
Production Year High
1774
Production County
Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
Production Country
Easter Island (Special Territory of Chile)
Production Area Region
Polynesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Family Group

Material
toromiro hard wood; obsidian
Function Name
weapon status
Function Detail
Made of toromiro wood, the eyes on this staff are inlaid with black obsidian. In the form of a weapon but used as a staff of office. Collected on Cook’s second voyage, when they visited in March 1774.
Collection Area Region
POLYN
Collection Continent
Pacific

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