Polynesia Tongan Ironwood Pole Club ‘Akau Tau’
Polynesia Tongan Ironwood Pole Club ‘Akau Tau’
Polynesia Tongan Ironwood Pole Club ‘Akau Tau’
Polynesia Tongan Ironwood Pole Club ‘Akau Tau’
Polynesia Tongan Ironwood Pole Club ‘Akau Tau’
Polynesia Tongan Ironwood Pole Club ‘Akau Tau’
Polynesia Tongan Ironwood Pole Club ‘Akau Tau’
Polynesia Tongan Ironwood Pole Club ‘Akau Tau’
Polynesia Tongan Ironwood Pole Club ‘Akau Tau’

Polynesia Tongan Ironwood Pole Club ‘Akau Tau’

1800 to 1900 Tonga

Offered by Finch & Co

Sold

To browse more Art and Antiques click here

To see more from this dealer click here

A Western Polynesia Tongan Ironwood Pole Club ‘Akau Tau’ Covered in Carefully Zoned Engraving Incorporating Four Anthropomorphic and Zoomorphic Figures
Early 19th Century

Size: 92cm long – 36¼ ins long
Provenance: Collected in the Pacific at the end of the 19th Century
Thence by Descent
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 21, item no. 41, for a Tongan leafstalk club
The most numerous of all Tongan artefacts, war clubs were made in a variety of shapes and each one produced was a work of art. Decorated with fine and elaborate incising by means of a shark’s tooth tied to a wooden handle the geometric designs sometimes incorporate human figures, birds, sharks and fish. After European contact, iron nails were used in the same way making the incised designs deeper and sharper in the ironwood. The meanings of the zoning and the iconography of Tongan club designs are obscure, but are probably connected to tattoo and bark-cloth designs that in themselves were metaphors for chiefly attributes.
Medium
Wood
Finch & Co

Finch & Co
Suite No 744
2 Old Brompton Road
London
SW7 3DQ
England

Contact Details
+44 (0) 207 689 7500
-
+44 (0)7836 684133
+44 (0)7768 236921
Email Dealer More Contact Details
Opening Hours
Contacts
Member Since 2006
Members of
View Full Details