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Dance Staff

Santa Cruz, Solomon Islands
19th-early 20th century

Provenance: The Collection of Marguerite Jossel Appleman
Old collection number painted at the bottom of the staff, “ 632”
This dance wand or club known as a napa is fashioned from a single piece of blonde wood. Of elongated form, tapering to a point at one end, it is decorated with red, white and black ochre – colors reserved for the decoration of ritual and status objects. The form is that of a stylized canoe, with two opposing abstracted ancestor heads.

Dance Staff

Santa Cruz, Solomon Islands
19th-early 20th century

Provenance: The Collection of Marguerite Jossel Appleman. Old collection number painted at the bottom of the staff, “ 632”

This dance wand or club known as a napa is fashioned from a single piece of blonde wood. Of elongated form, tapering to a point at one end, it is decorated with red, white and black ochre – colors reserved for the decoration of ritual and status objects. The form is that of a stylized canoe, with two opposing abstracted ancestor heads.