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Dancing club made of wood.
- Curator's comments
- G.C. Wheeler's catalogue ETHNOGRAPHICA FROM ALU AND MONO reads:
93. tuku: wooden club, model for use at tolia (dancing). Such a tuku is used (1) for fighting (tala peuga), striking with the wider end; (2) in tolia (dancing). The model for use in war is longer than this one; in fighting it is grasped with the two hands at the upper end of the unblacked part when hitting; the head seems to have been what was aimed at; it is used as a guard by holding over the head, one hand towards each end. This was made by Samoai of Nufu (Alu), from whom I bought it; he had used such a tuku (but longer) when he had fought in Buim from Mono.
When carried in dancing such a tuku is slung by a loo (alolo) (tied round the middle) over one shoulder; hang down at the side, and sticking out behind. Apparently only thus used when the panpipes known as efu Numanum are being used.
The tuku is an Alu-Mono-Fauru thing, not a Buim one. For names of the ornamentation see elsewhere. The black is made by rubbing charred wood on it, and then rubbing tita on this, the operation being repeate several times.
Note sheet number: 2022.Ref.Tk.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Gerald C Wheeler was an anthropologist who researched in Solomon Islands in 1908 to 1909 on an expedition with W. H. R. Rivers and A. M. Hocart. He began on Simbo but spent most of his time on Alu. He gave collections of artefacts to the British Museum in 1927, registered as Oc1927.0310 and Oc1927.1003 and documented in Eth Doc 1096.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 93 (Wheeler catalogue in Eth Doc 1096)