A Rare Black Basalt sling stone 'Toka Maka' from Raratonga, Cook Islands

A Rare Black Basalt sling stone 'Toka Maka' from Raratonga, Cook Islands

1700 to 1900 Raratonga, Cook Islands

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A Rare Black Basalt sling stone ‘Toka Maka’ from Raratonga, Cook Islands
inscribed in white paint ‘Raratonga H 624 Hooper. Coll. No 969’
18th – 19th Century

Size : 6 cm dia., 5 cm high – 2¼ ins dia., 2 ins high
Provenance : Ex Hooper collection, ( illustrated in 'Art and Artefacts, The James Hooper collection' Steven Phelps, plate 75 page 139 ) and purchased by Hooper from Bates in 1932: said to be from an old collection brought from Australia to England before 1900.
Ex Private collection, London
Sling stones were popular as weapons and together with clubs and spears were used in warfare between, and sometimes within, tribes on the Cook Islands.
Basalt stones were exclusively used on Raratonga. Known as 'Toka Maka' they were thrown from plaited coir pouches at great speed and in practised hands were a very effective weapon.
Dimensions
Height 5.00 cm (1.97 inches)
Medium
black basalt
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