Ball Headed Club Eastern Great Lakes Woodlands Maple Burl & Earth Elements, 14” Length, c.1820 The Woodlands people sometimes favored visual puns in conceiving a work. A ball-headed club in practical use would be held in hand—so here the club is carved to illustrate a sleeved hand grasping the ball. The ‘sleeve’ is incised carved to mimic the design one might find on a quill-worked or bead decorated jacket. The incised carvings are carved as vines and other floral motifs. Heavy zigzag ‘stitching’ runs up the sleeve. The whole is compact and though it has a sense of power when held in hand, it was likely carved for a ceremonial or ritualistic purpose.