Superb and Large Food Pounder, Austral Islands
Lot 24
Superb and Large Food Pounder, Austral Islands
US$ 8,000 - 12,000
€6,800 - 10,000

African and Oceanic Art

5 Dec 2017, 13:00 PST

Los Angeles

Lot Details
Superb and Large Food Pounder, Austral Islands Superb and Large Food Pounder, Austral Islands Superb and Large Food Pounder, Austral Islands Superb and Large Food Pounder, Austral Islands Superb and Large Food Pounder, Austral Islands
Superb and Large Food Pounder, Austral Islands
penu
Coral (probably quarried from Tubuai Island)
height 8 1/4in (21cm)

Provenance
James Malone, Honolulu, Hawaii
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Of monumental proportions for its genre, the proportions are extremely well balanced and the textured surface is finely worked, most likely without the use of metal tools, so that the lines and pockets of the natural coral create a sense of tension and movement.

Cf. Polynesian Artifacts - The Oldman Collection, Memoirs of the Polynesian Society, Wellington, 1953, pl. 37, fig. 457G
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