Large Ceremonial Hafted Adze, Mangaia, Cook Islands length 32 3/4in (83.3cm)
Lot 70
Large Ceremonial Hafted Adze, Mangaia, Cook Islands length 32 3/4in (83.3cm)
Sold for US$ 7,250 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Large Ceremonial Hafted Adze, Mangaia, Cook Islands
Wood, sharkskin, coconut fiber sennit
length 32 3/4in (83.3cm)

Provenance:
Douglas Fraser, author and Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, New York
American Private Collection

This large ceremonial adze is of columnar form with squared base and is intricately stone and shell carved throughout the surface with repeating geometric design. The fine, reddish brown patina and overall wear indicate an early 19th century date of manufacture.

Adzes such as the present example were known to exist as early as the 1820s as evidenced by line drawings published in "A Narrative of Missionary Enterprises in the South Sea Islands" by Reverend John Williams in 1840, who wrote as early as 1832 on the South Sea Islands.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note this lot does not contain sharkskin, and is not subject to Cites restrictions.
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