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In the form of a female figure
Early 20th Century
Size : 33.5 cm high, 6.5 cm wide, 5 cm deep – 13¼ ins high, 2½ ins wide, 2 ins deep
Illustrated in ‘Kunst Der Südsee’ Miloslav Stingl, Veb E A Seeman;
Leipzig 1985 (page 160)
cf. a very similar example of a figural dance staff finial in the Tropen Museum, Amsterdam (TA 1772-2055) formerly in the Tillman collection.
The Sentani had dance staffs with finials that were almost always carved as human figures and were carried by men during certain ceremonial dances. Bink noted that by the time of his first visit in 1893 the Sentani craftsmen had acquired through trade much coveted metal knife and chisel blades which were used for carving house posts, drums and human figures. Chisels also had beautifully carved human figures for handles, but they were somewhat smaller in size than those found on dance staffs.
Two very different types of dug-out canoe were used : the Ifa by the men and the Kayi by women. The men’s boat was a narrow one-man craft with a smooth hull propelled by a short undecorated paddle with oblong blade. The women’s boats had carved ornamentation applied to the platform like prow and their paddles had finely carved patterns on the blades and human figures to the tops. However these, are again smaller in size to the dance staff finials carved as human figures.
|Height||33.50 cm||(13.19 inches)|
|Width||6.50 cm||(2.56 inches)|
|Depth||5.00 cm||(1.97 inches)|