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Ebony dance stick with fine nautilus shell inlays, Malaita, Solomon Islands (MEL)

This fairly modern dance stick (circa 1980) has a shell-inlayed ball beneath the handgrip which is obviously derived from the “warii hau”, the round headed ceremonial mace of Maaliata, which was often shell inlaid. The handle is inlaid with nautilus shell insets on four side, and the shell inlays are extremely small and elegant. Length 99cm /38 inches.

Price: 220.00 AUD
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