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CAS Anthropology Collections Database

Catalog Number

CAS 1984-0008-0418   CAS 1984-0008-0418; Staff
Category Carvings
Object Name Staff
Culture Melanesian: ni-Vanuatu
Global Region Oceania
Country Vanuatu (New Hebrides)
State/Prov./Dist. unknown
Other Geographic Data unknown
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1920s
Collection Name Rollo Beck Collection (South Pacific)
Materials Wood
Description Staff carved from single piece of wood; Overall shape is of an elongated but flattened cylinder; Lateral edges are parallel for 2/3 of total length (starting from bottom), then constrict slightly before expanding and again constricting and finally end in low relief carving of human figure with arms crossed in front; Nearly entire length of staff is carved in front with geometric and animal motifs, possibly representing figure's clothing; Carving also includes name or word, "Ude"; Reverse side of staff is carved only with the figure's face and folded arms; Small hole is drilled through staff near distal end.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 4.6, Thickness = 1.9, Length = 120.0