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Dance Club

2006.44.2356 (RS83128)

Description

Wooden dance club from the Santa Cruz Islands, known as a napa dance club. Handle has knob at the base. Heavily decorated with triangles, lines, and geometiic lozenge shapes in black paint. There are two flattened trianglar carved areas on the inner face of the club, also decorated. The handle is the only section with no decoration. The club was used during the napa dance, when male dancers struck their clubs together in a ritual manner. This example is missing its fringe of coconut fibers usually found wrapped around the top of the handle.

Details

Maker
unknown
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Original to Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
wood (plant material)
Object type
Armament -- Bludgeon
Descriptive terms
ceremonial objects
Club
clubs (weapons)
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
3 x 27 1/2 x 2 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.2356
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
171125

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