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Lot 598
A ceremonial fork or "cannibal fork", iculanibokola,
Fiji 30.5cm long
Sold for £687 (US$ 1,068) inc. premium

Lot Details
A ceremonial fork or "cannibal fork", iculanibokola,
Fiji
carved with four tines and waisted handle, the swollen centre wrythen carved above and below paired disk knops, 30.5cm long

Footnotes

  • C.f. Adrienne L. Kaeppler, Polynesia - The Mark and Carolyn Blackburn Collection of Polynesian Art, Honolulu 2010, p. 225; Also, Douglas Newton ed., Art of the South Seas - The Collections of the Musee Barbier-Mueller, Munich 1999, p.322 for notes regarding of the use of these so-called "cannibal forks" by war gods for eating human flesh (bokola) of enemies, ceremonies, tabu associations etc.
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