||identifying a carved figure - is it tiki?
Joined: Oct 24, 2005
|Posted: 2005-10-24 11:29 am  Permalink|
Got this up at an estate sale. Folks indicated that their parents had picked it up pre-1950 on one of two trips to Alaska (one or both of which were cruises).
Alaska / Indigenous art experts indicate that it's not from Alaska, but possibly Hawai'i or Polynesia -- or maybe Pacific Northwest (I'm waiting to hear from folks there).
This begs the question of how these people got it on a trip to Alaska (if that's the correct circumstances), but we'll leave that be for now.
Without the pedestal, he stands approx 24.5 inches high
The head is approx 10.5 inches across and the same front to back.
The body is approx 12 inches across and about the same front to back.
The base measures 15-3/8ths by 15.5 by 2.5 inches high.
There are no readily visible signatures or maker's marks though we have not (and probably will not) remove him from the pedestal.
More photos here: http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=3EYt2rVwxcZ
Your comments / wisdom are greatly appreciated.
[ This Message was edited by: YNWA 2005-10-24 11:30 ]
[ This Message was edited by: YNWA 2005-10-24 11:36 ]
Joined: Aug 22, 2002
From: San Francisco
|Posted: 2005-10-24 11:33 am  Permalink|
That's a stool from Witco, a furniture company that was based out of the Seattle area in the 60s. Its padded top is missing. If you search this site for "Witco stool" you'll get tons of info. Witco is highly collectible.
Critiki - Ooga-Mooga - Humu Kon Tiki
Joined: Feb 23, 2004
|Posted: 2005-10-25 09:57 am  Permalink|
they did a variety of things with this tiki. I have one thats a table base. it can be seen in the book hula dancers and tiki gods, by chris pfouts.