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Pittsburgh pauly
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Joined: Jan 31, 2010
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From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2010-07-27 4:14 pm   Permalink

Two moai cuddling together?



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Bay Park Buzzy
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Joined: Apr 07, 2006
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2010-10-09 10:24 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-02-05 22:53, Zeta wrote:





After seeing a post in finds today, I'm going to change my answer for the original source of that tiki to this one:


You still owe me a dollar!
Buzzy Out!
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Zeta
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Joined: Feb 13, 2007
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From: Atlantis/Basque Country/Spain/Mexico
Posted: 2010-10-10 12:47 am   Permalink

Very cool. Thank you Buzzy.

 
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Tikifan1
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Joined: Dec 24, 2009
Posts: 65
From: Missouri
Posted: 2010-10-10 5:25 pm   Permalink

Snagged this one at a flea market yesterday for 50cents... not sure what it's used for... it's hollow with a hole in the top of the head. Has some print on the bottom cone part, reads Jamar .. something illegible Studio with a Copyright symbol for 76.
Any insight to this would be appreciated.

If I were to guess what it is.. I'd say maybe a plant waterer.. the top part is glazed but the bottom cone part is not.. kind of porous... just a shot in the dark.




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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Joined: Aug 20, 2002
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From: Carson, California
Posted: 2010-10-10 11:01 pm   Permalink

Very cool!

I've seen these before, but never as a tiki. I've got them shaped as a bird and a worm. You pour liquid fertilizer or plant food in the top and stick them into the soil around your plants. The fertilizer seeps out of the non-glazed spike at the bottom.


 
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Sweet Daddy Tiki
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Joined: Jul 20, 2003
Posts: 1072
From: Edmonton
Posted: 2011-11-30 10:41 am   Permalink

What is it? Saw it at the thrift store but didn't buy it.





Copy of weapon? Fishing tool?
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Aquatic Safarinaut
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Joined: Sep 06, 2008
Posts: 174
From: Valley of The Joe
Posted: 2011-11-30 1:42 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-11-30 10:41, Sweet Daddy Tiki wrote:
What is it? Saw it at the thrift store but didn't buy it.





Copy of weapon? Fishing tool?




Fijian cannibal fork...smaller versions are called brain forks...


 
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Aquatic Safarinaut
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From: Valley of The Joe
Posted: 2011-11-30 1:46 pm   Permalink

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On 2010-07-27 16:14, Pittsburgh pauly wrote:
Two moai cuddling together?







not sure if these are original to Fiji, but they are very big there...stylized representation of two lovers...


 
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Swanky
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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
Posts: 5059
From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2011-12-01 10:06 am   Permalink

Hey, can one of you with one of them fancy Oceanic Arts books, tell the exact origins of the drum on the Mauna Loa menu please:

I am assuming it is from PNG, but would like to knwo the region and village if possible. I'd like to see if I can get one...

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Tiki Shaker
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Joined: Jun 28, 2008
Posts: 706
From: Menifee, CA
Posted: 2011-12-01 11:03 am   Permalink

Hey Swanky,

You might also be interested in the mugs Babalu did.

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=37568&forum=12&hilite=babalu%20drum

You might want to also ask him about the research he did on the drum.


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Sweet Daddy Tiki
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From: Edmonton
Posted: 2011-12-01 1:34 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the 411 Aquatic Safarinaut.

Cheers.


 
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tikicoma
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Joined: Jan 16, 2010
Posts: 419
From: wakinekona
Posted: 2011-12-01 10:52 pm   Permalink

Swanky, the drum design on the Mauna Loa menu look to be from page 10 of Oceanic Art by H. Tischner and F.Hewicker, Pantheon Books 1954.

Text.. "DANCE DRUM Melanesia (Sepik River, New Guinea) Drum in the shape of an hour-glass (a characteristic shape for New Guinea). The tympanum at one end is of skin. The handle is in the form of a human mask surmounted by a hornbill."

I can't scan the picture until this weekend, maybe someone else on TC can put it up sooner.

aloha, tikicoma

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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2011-12-02 08:58 am   Permalink

I don't see any research by Babalu, but looking around, I see Iatmul as a further specifiying name for the original piece. I'll ask my archeologist when I see him again.

I have a very nice version of the drum, but not this style and probably not from this village/area of PNG.


 
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tikicoma
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Joined: Jan 16, 2010
Posts: 419
From: wakinekona
Posted: 2011-12-02 11:02 am   Permalink

This is a picture from the British Museums site of the drum donated in 1928 by Rev. F.R. Bishop from Sepik River PNG. It's the same drum but a different view from the one in the book I have.


Next is a similar Chambri drum captured by the Iatmul people.

Image from Brooklyn Museum site.

The Chambri are from the Chambri Lakes region of East Sepik. Both drums were collected in the early 20th century. Hope this helps.

aloha tikicoma


 
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2011-12-02 12:20 pm   Permalink

Nice, thanks. I will see if such a drum is still being made.

You have to look closely to see it, but there is so much detail here. If you look at the pattern on the main drum, you see that it isn't just the sort of "router" depth clean out, but that every one of those cut outs is tapered, not just removed. So much great craftsmanship there. The vintage mugs based on these carvings are great (I own both), but they miss that extra detail.


 
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