A Polynesian "outlier" figure, Sikaiana Atoll, Solomon Islands
representing the creator god Popua.
Accompanied with a report by Roger Rose, Ph.D., as well as copies of the Carbon-14 test results by ASA Labs, Paris, France on March 2, 2002 (reference #12.18.10) in which the wood was shown to have tested to 1855 +/- 40 years.
Collected in situ ca. 1900 by Mr. Bernier, a French sea cucumber and shell trader.
Private Collection, Texas
cf. Kaeppler, Kaufman and Newton, illustration 736 for a related figure in the collection of the Museum fur Volkerkunde, Lepzig.
cf. Sotheby's, New York, May 25, 1999, lot 121 for a similar example.
In 1856, when Hawaii was offered the sovereignty of Sikaiana, the Privy Council voted to accept the cession. King Kamehameha IV approved the action. However, the great distance of the atoll from Honolulu made administration impossible, and the cession was never formalized.