Philip Keith

Dance Wand

San Cristobal or Malaita

Southeast Solomon Islands

90cm

DESCRIPTION

Canoe prow shaped dance staff or wand, both sides engraved with zigzag wave and canoe motifs, and fish (bonito?) heads, dark stained surface with remains of lime infill.

Cf. Deborah Waite, Art of the Solomon Islands from the Barbier-Mueller Museum, 1983, plate 27, p.84-85, 135. Also compare with a dance wand collected by Julius Brenchley in 1865, published in Melanesia: Art & Encounter, Michael. W Scott, ch. 42, Dance clubs of South-east Solomon Islands, p. 245, fig. 1a.

CONDITION

small chip to tip, slightly worn surface consistent with age and use.

Provenance

UK auction

DATE

20th C.

Dimensions

90cm

PRICE

GBP £

£

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