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Ulithi Atoll Figure
Big Kahuna
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2012-04-22 10:10 am   Permalink

I have the opportunity to purchase this carved figure from Ulithi that came from the estate of a WWII serviceman. It's only 5"-6" tall & the asking price is $75.00. I'm not sure if it was carved by a native or a serviceman. Any info or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Mahalo,
Rick

Dumbass! I forgot the pic!

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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2012-04-22 1:14 pm   Permalink

Aloha,

Hmmm. Well the quality seems very good and probably native carved. These squatting figures are mostly used as guardians of the dead in canoe burials... However your figure from Ulithi can also be associated with fertility. (Note swollen breasts and Belly.)

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Toddy
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Posted: 2012-04-24 10:42 am   Permalink

Hello. I was stationed at Ulithi, Pontangeras Island, in 1946-47. I have two of the figures and I know for sure that mine were made by the natives there. They have held up well over the years, but the black coloring in one eye had rubbed off a bit. I touched it up with a felt tip marker and it's fine now. I'd say that the figure in your photo was definitely carved by a native. They were really great people and I shall never for get them.


 
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hottiki
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Posted: 2012-04-24 3:13 pm   Permalink

That's a photo I would like to see...Toddy and the two carvings....65 years after getting them in person....and to Mr. Toddy...Thank You For Your Service !!

 
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naugatiki
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Posted: 2012-04-24 3:42 pm   Permalink

I wish I could contribute to this historically but years ago I found a bunch of similar tourist carvings like this and have been trying to match the style to the location, thanks for pinpointing them.

 
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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2012-04-24 5:28 pm   Permalink

OK, obviously, I need to negotiate a deal for this little gal.
Sven, any info?
Toddy, I too would like to thank you for your service.

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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2012-05-10 12:35 pm   Permalink

Here she is, in her new home.:



Edited for gender correction!

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hottiki
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Posted: 2012-05-10 7:17 pm   Permalink

She looks of rich wood and nice color ...and looks like she is sitting in the perfect spot ...and you only had to trade some small wrinkled green pieces of paper for it !!!!

 
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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2012-05-10 7:24 pm   Permalink

Yeah, Tom, apparently "he"s a she. I thought it appropriate that she reside on my WWII tribute shelf. Looks right at home, doesn't she?

 
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SandraDee
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Posted: 2012-05-12 12:22 pm   Permalink

Rick this is the ugliest statue I have ever seen

I am glad its in your collection and not mine - lol

I never would of bought it in a million years had I seen it in some antique store or thrift...you should make it the mascot of your bar



 
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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2012-05-12 3:09 pm   Permalink

I'm sorry you feel that way, cuz I named her Liz!

 
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SandraDee
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Posted: 2012-05-12 4:06 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-05-12 15:09, Big Kahuna wrote:
I'm sorry you feel that way, cuz I named her Liz!




hahaha love you too jerkface!


 
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naugatiki
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Posted: 2012-05-12 4:14 pm   Permalink

It is certainly primitive I’d like to see the original version of the tiki. I suppose I have the “Coco Joes” versions of this that are a little more stylized and less “Lizlike”, hee.



Here are a 6 inch pair that are anatomically correct


and a smaller pair


and an even smaller pair


they even were made into letter openers.


And the 18 inch deluxe model.


 
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SandraDee
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Posted: 2012-05-12 5:20 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-05-12 16:14, naugatiki wrote:
I suppose I have the “Coco Joes” versions of this that are a little more stylized and less “Lizlike”, hee.




that settles it..I will make this image my next tattoo!


 
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hottiki
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Posted: 2012-05-12 9:52 pm   Permalink

***** !!! WARNING !!! ***** To B.K. and S.D. These Guys Will Grow On You...Use Caution !!! They are rumored to run in pairs, the male and female... but a little harder to find that are a matching set. Still harder to find is the Big Dog...The 18 Incher...A wide berth and alot of respect when near this fellow. All hail Naugatiki, he wins this round !




 
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