The Penobscot Indians of Maine carved clubs out of the birch root ball and trunk. With chip carving and elaborate development of wolf faces, this is one of the best examples that we have ever seen. It is believed that the Penobscot and Passamaquoddy used root ball clubs as early as the 16th century in warfare and in ceremonies. Clubs such as this one are rare; the art form responded to 20th century tourist demands with paint and simplified carving. This example is much more finely done and it is in excellent condition.
ex: Marcy Burns Collection
|Dealer||Marcy Burns American Indian Arts LLC|
|Date:||late 19th century|
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|Contact||Marcy Burns Schillay, 212-439-9257 or email@example.com|