Sioux. <em>Inlayed War Club</em>, early 19th century. Steatite, lead, 18 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 5/8 in. (47 x 14 x 1.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund, 50.67.71. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 50.67.67_50.67.71_PS1.jpg)

Inlayed War Club


Medium: Steatite, lead

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:early 19th century

Dimensions: 18 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 5/8 in. (47 x 14 x 1.6 cm)



Accession Number: 50.67.71

Image: 50.67.67_50.67.71_PS1.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Sioux gun stock club (bottom in photograph) is made of red pipestone too brittle to use for battle. It may have been used in ceremonies since the lead inlays represent potent images; the sun, a bison, a deer, a thunderbird, hearts and arrows. Alternatively, it may have been made for sale. The reverse side at one time also had lead inlays and shows markings that may be more related to astrological signs, half-moons, stars and crossed diamonds.

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