Lot: 50

Club "afui" or "alafolo"

Solomon Islands - Malaita

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
H: 34.4 inch 1400 EUR / 2500 EUR

wood, shiny black patina, remains of pigments, shaft lense-shaped in cross-section, beating area on both sides carved with nose-like projections, fine incised decor, min. dam., small missing parts, base. The nose-shaped ridges "ako'akona" give the clubs the appearance of a highly stylized face, according they are recognized as "anthropomorphic" clubs. They are used in battle, an enemy is struck "with the edges of the club not the noses".

Conru, Kevin, Solomon Islands Art, Milan 2008, ill. 65