Very Fine Bilateral Toothed Club, Samoan Islands
Lot 124
Very Fine Bilateral Toothed Club, Samoan Islands
Sold for US$ 3,750 inc. premium
Auction Details
Very Fine Bilateral Toothed Club, Samoan Islands
Lot Details
Very Fine Bilateral Toothed Club, Samoan Islands
fa'alaufa'i
Wood
height 43 1/8in (109.6cm)

PROVENANCE
Jean Yves Coue, Nantes, France
James Barzyk, Chicago, Illinois

Cf. Phelps (1976: fig. 679)

A similar club (Phelps, 1976:679), "belongs to the fa'alaufa'i class, with many pairs of lateral projections and a pointed head for a thrusting blow. Buck notes that this form also has an arboreal origin, its shape corresponding to the leaf of the banana tree (1930:596). The English name for this type is 'bilateral toothed' club. These two weapons [like the work presented here] are extremely finely finished and well sculpted, their beauty as much tactile as visual."
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