club with long, thin handle; head shaped like lotus blossom with incised decorations

Dance Club (gugu), 19th century

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Clubs were one of the most important art forms on Fiji and are found in many shapes and styles. Treasured possessions, they were used by men as weapons, dance wands and as indicators of rank. Clubs of this type were for dancing. Often mistakenly identified with the lotus, their form comes from a stylized depiction of the flat butterfly fish, gugu. The extending diagonal portions are the fins, and the raised eyes can be seen carved where the top section tapers inward and joins the shaft.

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Fiji club (#587)
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Title
Dance Club (gugu)
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2004.29.1
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club with long, thin handle; head shaped like lotus blossom with incised decorations