Pair of Dance Clubs Bougainville Island Papua New Guinea 19th Century
|Size||Length: 123cm & 132cm|
This pair of superb Dance Clubs are from Bougainville or Buka Islands and dating from the late 19th Century. Each club is finely carved from a single piece of hardwood, the finials are in the form of a stylized ancestor figure with large eyes, one of the figures has incised triangular designs on the top it’s head. Both clubs the figures are double-sided with a mirror image on both sides. The bottom of both clubs tapers to a triangular point.
Over the 40 years, I have been collecting Oceanic Art this is the finest pair of Bougainville dance clubs I have seen outside of Museum Collections.
Though Bougainville and Buka Islands are now a semi-autonomous area of Papua New Guinea, culturally they are more related to the people of the Western Solomon Islands which is just a short boat ride away. In previous times people moved back & forth freely between the Western Solomon’s & Bougainville and Buka Islands.
Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Oceanic Art and Artefacts and Ornaments
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