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Witco Tiki Wall hanging ...or not?
DANKOFONIC
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From: SF Bay Area
Posted: 2009-07-18 08:40 am   Permalink

Picked up this cool tiki wall hanging about a year ago for $30 at an antique show. Always thought it looked like a Witco piece, but not at all convinced it is. It's not marked anywhere. Can anyone id this piece one way or the other? Any feedback is greatly appreciated- thanks!

http://img411.imageshack.us/i/tikiwallhangface.jpg/

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DANKOFONIC
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Posted: 2009-07-18 08:42 am   Permalink

Ooops- meant to post this link : http://img527.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=tikiwallhang1.jpg

Better shots of the whole thing.


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TabooDan
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Posted: 2009-07-18 5:02 pm   Permalink

Cool item! I am not an expert but I do not think it is a Witco.
Haven't seen one done in that style before. It is cedar and of the period but looks to be more of an Indian/Native type of character and not Tiki. I am by no means saying it is not, just haven't seen one before.

Maybe someone else can say for sure. Still pretty cool though!!
Mahalo, TabooDan


 
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DANKOFONIC
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Posted: 2009-07-18 7:23 pm   Permalink

Thanks Dan (I'm Dan too btw!) appreciate the feedback. As I mentioned I wasn't convinced it was a Witco piece either. Generally speaking I agree with everything you wrote with one exception ...and that is it being "more of an Indian/Native type of character." Although, it certainly isn't done in a traditional tiki style, to me it still looks very tiki, but maybe in a more primative way. I've seen many other tiki carvings done like this.

Anyway, I suppose that's some what subjective. Thanks again.

If there's anyone else that can shed some more light on this I'd be grateful!

-Dan
(DANKOFONIC)


 
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Chub
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Posted: 2009-07-18 8:54 pm   Permalink

I couldn't tell you if it's Witco either, but I like it a lot. $30 well spent I say.
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Brandomoai
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Posted: 2009-07-20 08:21 am   Permalink

I agree with Taboo Dan in the sense that it reminds me a bit of Haida art. But it's hard to say if that was the intention of the carver/manufacturer, be it Witco or otherwise. I think it's a good looking piece, certainly suitable for any Tiki bar. I can't find anything really close but here are a few links to Haida animal figures so you can see what Taboo Dan and I are thinking:
http://www.maslakmcleod.com/picts/inuit_archives/31_haida_beaver.jpg
http://www.houseofthespiritbear.com/bill%20reid/bill_reid_beaver_RM_full.jpg
http://www.houseofthespiritbear.com/Michael%20Nicoll/michael_jaan.jpg
http://www.thomklaeui.ch/canada/images/thunderbird/haida.jpg
http://www.reactor88.com/images/multimedia/m_l_totem_lunch.jpg


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DANKOFONIC
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Posted: 2009-07-22 10:30 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the input, your photo examples were great, definitely made the comparison much clearer to me. By the same token, I think I'm now convinced it isn't a Witco piece. Still like it despite that, but admittedly started out having much higher hopes like ... "OMG, that's a rare Witco tiki from the primitive island jungle collection!" Or some such non-sense! Hahaha!

 
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