SANTA CRUZ DANCE CLUB
Dimensions: Height 32"
Provenance: From a Eastern Australian Collection.
P10.....SANTA CRUZ DANCE CLUB
A dance club called "Napa" made in a shape that resembles a canoe and still has the majority of the black and red pigment remaining and some areas of the white pigment. There are shrinkage cracks on two sides. Used during traditional dances by men lined up in two rows who dance and strike at each others clubs.
They are commonly attributed to Ndende island but were found right across the Santa Cruz Islands and it is believed they originated in Utupua.
See 'Art of the Solomon Islands' D.Waite 1982 Geneva, Item #70 for a close example.