Ethnographic Items: Bows, Clubs, Statues, Masks

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Fijian “Kiakava” War Club

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This is a lovely example of an Oceanic war club. This Fijian “kiakava” war club is made of a hardwood and features green paint with native cordage around the handle. The cord is unraveled but could be rewound with some patience. This club measures 35 inches.

 

It came out of an old collection and is purported to be from the 1850s. It is a nice looking piece that likely could have cracked a head or two!

Price $695 plus shipping

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Tongan War Club – With Double Rings

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Here is another Tongan war club. It is about 16 1/2 inches in length and also features a phallic motif. There is some minor chipping to the bands, but this looks as if it occurred a very long time ago. As with other clubs these were actually used in combat, ceremony and likely for other rudimentary purposes. This is a nice example of a club that is well over 100 years old.

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Tongan War Club – With Single Band

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War clubs were used in both combat and for ceremonial purposes in the Pacific islands. Here is a club that dates from the end of the 19th century from the tropical island of Tonga.

It features the phallic motif that is common with such clubs. There is some darkening from burns, but why I can’t say. The wood is hard and must have made for a difficult piece to carve. It measures 17 inches and apart from the minor burns to the wood it is very good condition. This is the real deal from more than a century ago.

Price $95 plus shipping

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Polynesian War Club – World War II Bring Back

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This club probably didn’t see combat, but it was brought back to America by someone who likely did see a different kind of combat. This came from a estate sale and was apparently was a souvenir for a U.S. Marine who served in the South Pacific during World War II.

Clubs such as these were sold to U.S. soldiers and were a popular item to bring home. It measures about 18 inches and it features a nice design. It is an interesting conversation piece that is certainly affordable.

Price $25 plus shipping

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African Fertility Totem

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Offered here is a less detailed but still impressive West African fertility totem, which measures 25 inches. It is possible that this piece, which likely is from the late 19th century, was never finished. It is still a beefy piece that shows considerable skill. It has a few cracks but it also has real character. It is just a nice solid example of vintage West African Art.

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Ethnographic Totem

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Here is another example of a West African totem. It measures about 16 inches. There is some cracking to the totem down the front and of the feet has been broken. However, it is still a lovely example of a late 19th century or early 20th century totem.

Price $95 plus shipping

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Pair of West African Treadle

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Here are a pair of treadle tools from West Africa that represent the female figure. These were used as weaving tools. These measure 8 inches and 10 inches and show detailed carving. There are scuffs on each statue and the taller of the two shows a few small cracks. Otherwise these are lovely examples from the late 19th century that display well and don’t take up a lot of room.

Price $75 plus shipping

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African Figure (Ceramic)

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Offered here is a unique North African/Sahara region clay figure. It features beads at the mid-drift and may be a rattle for some ceremonial purposes. This figure stands about 10 inches tall. It is just a nice piece.

Price $110 plus shipping

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Tuareg Pouch

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Leather pouches were carried by many of the tribesmen of Africa just as these were used by European soldiers. Offered here is a solid leather pouch that was used by the Tuareg tribesmen of Northwest Africa. It is in very good condition for its age – however it is missing the male-loop to close it and one of the inner flaps is torn.

Despite these problems it is a nice example of a vintage pouch that is likely well over 100 to 125 years old!

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African Totems

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Here is one more pair of African totems, possibly for use in fertility ceremonies. These measure about 25 inches and 26 inches. Each has some minor scuffing and a few dings, and there is a crack at the base of each totem – but otherwise these display quite well. These are being offered as a pair and are priced reasonably.

Price $195 plus shipping

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Large Oceanic Paddle

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Oceanic peoples harnessed the waters as a way of life. Paddles were used for both utility and ceremony. This paddle has a wide end with a carved zigzag design on one side. The subtle point at the gives the paddle a leaf shape. Wear shows the essential nature of the paddle, while imparting a simple beauty. There is writing on the back of the paddle, likely a more modern addition. The paddle measures 56-inches in length. The paddle end is about 25-inches by 8.5-inches.

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Thin Leaf Oceanic Paddle

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This Oceanic paddle has a narrow, pointed end depicting a leaf design. The wood paddle has been painted in the past, at least one side of the leaf, and the paint is half worn. The condition gives the paddle a nice patina. The paddle measures 46-inches in length. The leaf portion is about 21-inches by 4.5-inches at its widest part.

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Painted Double Oceanic Paddle

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Designed like a propeller, this double-edged object is balanced, though the carved designs vary on each side. One side of the paddle is painted to accentuate its carved design. The opposite side is carved and left in its natural wood state. The double paddle is about 64-inches in length. One end of the paddle is about 20-inches by five inches. It has a drilled hole in the center, likely used for hanging on a wall.

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Chokwe Mask

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The Chokwe peoples of modern day Angola whose ancestry can perhaps be traced to Mbundu and Mbuti Pygmies. Masks played an important role in their culture. The mukanda masks play a role in male initiation, while in the past some masks played important roles in religious beliefs and institutional practices, many other Chokwe masks have come to be used primarily for entertainment.

Here is a nice example of a carved Chokwe mask with faux hair. It likely dates from the early 20th century and is in overall excellent shape apart from some chipping to the right ear. It displays well and would be a great addition to an ethnographic collection.

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Early 20th Century South American Bow

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Bows have been used by various peoples around the world for eons, and even today the bow is used by tribal peoples around the world. Offered here is an early to mid-20th century bow, likely from the Amazon basin

It measures 58-inches in length, and while it can be pulled it probably isn’t entirely “functional,” yet it displays well and would make a good addition to an ethnographic weaponry collection. It is reasonably priced for a quality display piece.

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Early 20th Century Amazon Basin Short Bow

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Offered here is a slightly shorter Amazon basin bow – it measures 47-inches. It has some cord wrappings and engraving that make for a nice display piece. It is also reasonably priced.

Price $75 plus shipping

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Filipino Bow

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Here is another ethnographic bow – this one is from the north Philippine Islands. It measure 66-inches, but it needs to be properly restrung. It still displays well however and is another quality piece at an affordable price for an ethnographic collector.

Price $75 plus shipping

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Tribal Arrow Likely South American

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What is a bow without an arrow. This arrow is made of a light wood and appears to be old – how old I can’t say but it has a nice look to it. It measure 57-inches and would display well with any of the above bows.

Price $30 plus shipping

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African Ceremonial Club

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Offered here is a Central/East African ceremonial club, measuring 26-inches. It is a dark wood that features a nice facial carving. It came from an old collection of African artifacts. While I’m doing more research you can score a great deal!

Price $75 plus shipping

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West African Fulani Straw Hat

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The Fulani people of West Africa have their roots from peoples North Africa and the Middle East, who later intermingled with local West African ethnic groups. The result is a unique blend of Islamic and African cultures, which is noted in headgear such as the iconic straw hat.

This particular hat is mid-20th century and came out of a collection that included numerous other African items. The owner of this hat had reported traveled extensively throughout Africa in the 1950s and 1960s. This is a nice and clean example of a very iconic hat and it is reasonably priced.

Price: $60 plus shipping

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Pair of Carved Thai Statues of Tosakanth (Ravana), King of the Demons

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This pair of carved wood statues of Tosakanth (Ravana) – the King of the Demons. These two carvings that came from the estate of a Vietnam War veteran, which were likely purchased by the veteran during leave to Thailand in the late 1960s or early 1970s. These figures feature the characteristics of Tosakanth. These are carved in the hard suar (rain tree) wood that features an inter-locking grain that keeps the wood from cracking in drier climates. This wood – and thus these figures – can be finished in to a high gloss if desired.

Price $195 plus shipping for the pair

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