A TOKI ADZE, MANGAIA ISLAND, COOK ISLANDS
An early nineteenth century chief’s ceremonial adze or Toki from Mangaia in the Cook Islands. It has a carved circular shaft on a round base of pillars with a fine stone head bound by sennit cord to shaft. These ceremonial adzes represented gods or spirits.
Provenance: Marcus Raccanello, UK
Mangaia Island, Cook Islands.
Good condition, One pillar missing.
Wood, Basalt and vegetable fiber, End of 19th century, 51 x 15 cm
Price: on request