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A Fine Old New Guinea Dance Staff Lake Sentani Area NW Coast West Papua Irian Jaya

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Collection No. TB-117
Size Height 104cm
Abelam New Guinea Art
Asian & Japan Scholars Art
New Guinea Oceanic Art
New Guinea & Oceanic Art
The Art of Compassion The Todd Barlin Collection

A Fine Old New Guinea Dance Staff Lake Sentani Area NW Coast West Papua Irian Jaya

This beautiful old Lake Sentani Net Dance Staff was one of the first artworks that I collected on Lake Sentani 38 years ago when I spent months in the area. The second photo above is of the Ondafi or Chief’s son holding the Dance Staff in 1985

This beautifully carved Dance Staff with the finial carved in the form of a chiefly Ancestor who is holding a drum in his hands & has a tobacco pipe in his mouth. This is likely an actual portrait of the Chief or Ondafi of Bobrongko Village on Lake Sentani where I collected it in 1985 the carver was deceased as was the chief it portrayed.

Below the figure are three wide bands of finely incised scrolling designs called fou which is a chiefly design used solely on artworks made for the chiefly families or Ondafi.

Dance Staff were used during important ceremonies where the chief carried the staff as a sign of his authority in the village & surrounding area. It was also used during chiefly oration where the staff was used to emphasize his words.

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of New Guinea Oceanic Art

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