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OCEANIC ART FROM THE ESTATE OF LYNDA CUNNINGHAM

Club, Fiji
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT
40

OCEANIC ART FROM THE ESTATE OF LYNDA CUNNINGHAM

Club, Fiji
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Club, Fiji

Provenance

Lynda Cunningham, New York

Catalogue Note

The spur of this type of club 'perhaps represents the gaping jaws of a striking gata or Pacific Boa' (Clunie, Fijian Weapons and Warfare, 1977, p. 53). The presence of a face at the end of the club's head is rare; see Clunie, Yalo i Viti, 1986, p. 113, cat. no. 183 for a similar club in the Fiji Museum, Suva (acc. no. 83.69WR). Also rare are the divided circle motifs which appear both on the blade of the club and within the tavatava grip carving. 

The small holes in the blade would have been strung with thin black waloa creepers, which were generally reserved for men of chiefly rank. Discussing one of the exceptionally rare clubs with a 'helmet' like head, Hooper notes that such attachments would have caused an intentional distraction 'in dance or in combat'. (Hooper, Fiji, 2016, p. 259).

Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

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