Parrying staff (Roromaraugi) Solomon Islands

Relief figure on parrying staff
Relief figure on parrying staff

Custodian: University of Glasgow Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

Reference: GLAHM E.1928.80

The staff with sickle-shaped top functioned as a method of parrying spear attack. Smaller versions were also made as ceremonial dance sticks intended to be held horizontally by men.

Towards its top the staff is decorated with a minute snake's head with inset shell eyes; close to the base the shaft is carved into a seated, abstracted human figure in full relief.

Maker: not known

Materials: wood, shell inlay

Dimensions: 1330mm