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What is this? (tiki skull?)
Tikitronic
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Joined: Jan 06, 2003
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From: mora tora mora
Posted: 2003-04-02 09:30 am   Permalink

On page 185 of the Book of Tiki, top left and partially hidden, is a carving that looks like an almost disneyfied tiki interperetation of a skull.

I ran across what looks like the same thing in the 'zombie isle' title banner of this monster mask site:
http://www.geocities.com/i12masku/zi.html

Does anyone know what it is/where it came from?
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Traitor Vic
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Joined: Jan 02, 2003
Posts: 428
From: Greenville, SC
Posted: 2003-04-02 11:11 pm   Permalink

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm... Never seen anything else like it in a Tiki Related Capacity. Looks, though, as if it's carved from a Coconut Shell, don't it?

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11594
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2003-04-03 9:21 pm   Permalink

Good eye there, this Zombie Isle logo is definetely taken from the BOT, because I am the happy owner of the original, which is a one of a kind carving by Leroy Schmaltz, and to me it is of historic provenance, because I obtained it the very first time I discovered Oceanic Arts, in 1989.
Leroy was at that time so happy that someone was interested in their stuff, he sold it to me for 75.- bucks, about which Bob got mad at him later, off course.
It is pretty big and heavy, has that perfect mixture of Disney and primitive, and one of those early fine "polychromed" paint jobs, where they dirtied and toned down the colors to make them look ancient.


 
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Tikitronic
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From: mora tora mora
Posted: 2003-04-04 4:24 pm   Permalink

Ah - well - that would narrow it down a bit, being one of a kind and all:)

Is it thematically tied to any culture or carving style, or just a stand alone OA art piece?
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2003-04-05 09:37 am   Permalink

The eyes and the coloring make it more New Guinea than Polynesian, but I never traced it back to a specific object.
The O.A./Disney influence clearly dominates...


 
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