H: 106 cm (approx. 3’ 6”)
Estimated age: End of the 19th century or early 20th century
Provenance: Early German collection (collector number)
Estimate: € 12.000 – 14.000
The so-called Napa club is more a canoe-shaped dance wand than a stylized weapon. It was used during initiatory dances for the young-men-to-be. This example features a carved three-dimensional fish, ornamented with black color pigments. It has fibers on both sides and shells on the ends.
Compare: “Oceanic Art 2” by Anthony JP Meyer, p. 598, Plate 691