Tongan Islands Club, apa'apai, Kingdom of Tonga
Lot 131
Hand Club, 'akau tau, Tongan Islands
Sold for US$ 2,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
Oceanic Art San Francisco
11 Feb 2012 7:00 PST

Auction 20157
Lot Details
Hand Club, 'akau tau, Tongan Islands
length 33in (83.8cm)
of very dense wood, probably ironwood (Casuarina equisetifolio), the round handle with a carved lug gradually leading to a flattened diamond-shaped head defined by a pair of transverse raised lines at the collar, the surface decorated overall with a perforated dot technique of geometric design; fine dark-brown aged patina.

Private Collection, New York
Private Collection, Chicago

cf. Little & Ruthenberg (2006: 188-195), and Hooper (2006: 263 & 264) for similar examples.
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