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Late 19th Century - Early 20th century
Size: 288cm high - 113½ ins high / 9 FEET 5½ INS
Brought from the Marquesas Islands with three other posts to Tahiti in the 1930’s to form the veranda of the notorious Quinn’s Bar in Papeete. Purchased by Mr John Letham upon closure in 1973 and shipped back to Scotland on the deck of his yacht
Thence by descent
Sold together with a 1950’s postcode showing Quinn’s Bar with the post in situ
cf: Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection University of East Anglia (UEA 192) a smaller tiki post figure of similar date and style collected in 1881-2 by H W Eyres ‘during a voyage round the world’
Another weather worn example in the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Hawai’i