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Lot 0077
Highly carved ceremonial or ‘Chief’s Staff’ from the Solomon Islands, South Pacific. Decorated with shell inlay and animal figures. Early to mid 20th century. With a knobbed handle and the shaft inlaid with iridescent carved shells. A carving of a snake eating a bird is wrapped around the lower section of the cane. The center section has a tortoise with inlaid eyes, and two crocodiles also with inlaid eyes. Old patina.

SIZE: Length - 41” (101.5 cm)

PROVENANCE: English ethnographic collection.



No losses to wood or shell inlay. Old darkened, glossy patina and wear.

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Solomon Islands Chief’s Staff with Shell Inlay

Estimate $600 - $800Oct 1, 2016