PLAINS INDIAN STONE HEAD "SKULL CRACKER" CLUB
Origin: North America, Plains Indian, Likely Sioux (Provenance: Old Tennessee collection)
Period/Date: Reservation period. Likely third quarter of the 19th Century
Materials: stone, hide, sinew, cloth, trade, Ermine pelt, beads: circa pre 1800 are Spanish red pradres trade beads)
Description: This handsome club has a slender short shaft and was probably used for dance as opposed to warfare. That said it is a lethal weapon if employed that way. Note the classic shape of the head with fluted rings in the form of a stylized "whirlwind worm". In good condition retaining its handle embellishments. Note the white Ermines were used as decoration on clothing, clubs, tomahawks and war bonnets.
Dimensions: Overall Length 23.75" (60.5 cm), Length to handle 16" (41 cm), Stone Length 6" (15.5 cm), Stone Width 2" (5 cm)
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