Lot: 49

Head piece of dance club or dance paddle

Solomon Islands - Buka Island

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Bonhams, London, 20 September 2006, lot 218 H: 10.4 inch 1200 EUR / 2000 EUR

wood, brown patina, dark red and black pigment, crowned by anthropomorphic janus head with projecting headdress, fine ornamental carving, minor missing parts, abrasion of paint, base. Depicting a spirit being called "kokorra" which are ubiquitous in the Northern Solomons and were of greatest supernatural importance.