18TH C. "TUKI" TOTOKIA
Origin: W. Polynesia, Fiji (Provenance: Private collection, Michael Auliso- Half Moon Bay.)
Period/Date: 18th century
Materials: vesi wood, blood, bread fruit sap resin
Description: I sold this rare and great example many years ago and have the honor to again. Far less common than a normal totokia, this "tuki" shows generations of use! Surrounding the striking head I would characterize as a layered blood patina. Overall an amazing patina and good color on the shaft. Its carved handgrip is a key feature and miraculously retains a thick band of its original sennit! In good condition with some loss to the spikes. Presented on a custom metal display stand.
Dimensions: Length 38" (22.5 cm), Width 7.75" (19.5 cm)
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