Dance Club

Collection Type

  • Cultural artifacts

GUSN

GUSN-171125

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

Descriptive Terms

ceremonial objects
clubs (weapons)
wood (plant material)
Club

Associated Building

Original to Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

E47,145

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Armament -- Bludgeon

Dimensions

3 x 27 1/2 x 2 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.2356