Club finial

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Club finial

Solomon Islands

Anthropomorphic (janus) club finial
Buka or Bougainville island

Carved wood and pigments
Early 20th century
Height: 10 ¾ in. (27 cm)

Ex Bonhams London, Tribal Art, 20 September 2006 lot 218

Buka Top of Club / Galerie Flak Price : On request
As stated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the art of the northern Solomon Islands is characterized by stylized human figures known as kokorra. Kokorra is the name of a powerful spirit associated with men's secret societies and masking traditions in the region. One of the distinctive features of Kokorra representations if the bulbous coiffure or ritual headdress (hassebou) formerly worn by local men.
This sculpture with a janus face is the upper part of a wooden club or ceremonial paddle.
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