U'U

staff.jpg

Dublin Core

Title

U'U

Description

Carried by the warriors and chiefs of the Marquesas Islands, this U’U served as a weapon, but is also a work of art. Each staff was unique to its carrier, adorned with patterns and symbols as different as the tattoos upon the body of the man who bore it. The many faces upon the staff are its namesake; U’U is the word for face in the language of the Marquesas Islands. The faces are meant to represent ancestral spirits, which when carried to battle would bolster the warrior’s mana, or spiritual energy, and provide enhanced protection and strength. In this culture, where war was part of everyday life, it was not only noble, but also prestigious to be a warrior in the culture. Evidence of a family history including warriors was sought after, and the staffs became precious heirlooms as well objects for use in battle.

Creator

Marquesas Islands

Source

Museum Purchase

Date

19th Century

Contributor

Curated by Thomas Briggs

Format

Iron Wood (Toa)

Type

Image

Identifier

1893.1.57 LA

Coverage

Marquesas Islands, Oceanic

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Wooden staff detailed engraving.

Comments

Fancy! It's very well saved as for such an ancient art of work! These things tell us so much about the human history and basically about the art history too.

Reply

Allowed tags: <p>, <a>, <em>, <strong>, <ul>, <ol>, <li>

About the Original Item

Date Added
May 2, 2011
Collection
Fleming Museum
Item Type
Image
Tags
, , ,
Citation
Marquesas Islands, “U'U,” Omeka@CTL, accessed June 4, 2020, http://ctl.w3.uvm.edu/omeka/items/show/603.
Associated Files