New Britain Dance club

New Britain Dance club

Kilenge people, West New Britain
Black palm wood, clay pigment
104x9cm (41x3.5in)
1890 - 1930
inv no. 675
sold


Very rare Tumbuan dance club, carved with the face in relief. This type of club was carried by the Tumbuan dancers who were covered by a banana leaf costume. The three pointed headdress is worn as part of the Mooro ancestor cult. There are a few examples in Kilenge Art and Life, Philiip J.C. Dark, plates 128 - 130, Pg 92, which show a similar shape of club. Also see Sotheby's, London - The Peter Hallinan Collection of Melanesian Art - Dec 1992, lot 117,  for an identical example.
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