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HELP!!! What is this guy?
honolulu808
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Joined: Dec 25, 2013
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Posted: 2013-12-25 12:33 pm   Permalink

What and where is this from
Maybe an age?

Got this guy for Christmas. It is 3'6 tall heavy dark wood. Scary as it gets. Bone teeth. Cowry eyes. Horse hair head. Freaking scary. Arms lift up sides

O yeah did I say he is scary



 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2013-12-25 1:07 pm   Permalink

I don't know but he's damned handsome. Looks a lot like me
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msteeln
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Joined: Mar 24, 2008
Posts: 281
From: Ka'a'awa, HI
Posted: 2013-12-25 6:30 pm   Permalink

Oh my god, it didn't die! You're doomed, DOOMED!

 
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forgotten tikiman
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Joined: Aug 18, 2011
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From: Forgotten Tiki Room. Pismo Beach, CA
Posted: 2013-12-25 7:58 pm   Permalink

It looks like a imported Bali carving of some sort. The way the shells are used for eyes makes it seem like a PNG influenced piece.


 
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tikilongbeach
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Joined: Aug 05, 2011
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From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
Posted: 2013-12-25 8:00 pm   Permalink



[ This Message was edited by: tikilongbeach 2013-12-26 08:16 ]


 
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tikilongbeach
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From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
Posted: 2013-12-25 8:14 pm   Permalink

Demon!

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-12-25 8:29 pm   Permalink

You are so lucky, he'd scare off any bad guys who break into your home. Wendy

 
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tikigreg
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: ClubTiki
Posted: 2013-12-26 08:00 am   Permalink

Whatever it is, it's not tiki.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-12-26 09:08 am   Permalink

I have yet to zero in on the true origin of these type of import figures that have flooded the American market in the last ten years. They pop up on e-bay frequently (mostly smaller sized), and often carry the term "Tiki" in their description, like here:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/LARGE-CARVED-WOODEN-MAN-PRIMITIVE-TIKI-WOOD-CARVING-STATUE-TRIBAL-ART-INDONESIA-/161171327251?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&nma=true&si=Owep%252BBLggmYd2dD%252BO4W8zJPG5d0%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

Unfortunately, they have nothing to do with Tiki style. On e-bay, they are also identified as stemming from Australia or Bali. And they are NOT "1970s souvenirs":

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-OLD-VINTAGE-CARVED-WOODEN-TRIBAL-TYPE-FIGURES-1970S-SOUVENIRS-/261358302941?pt=UK_Antiques_Woodenware_RL&hash=item3cda2b36dd

I say they hail from the foggy island of hacked wood. When I was asked to identify two found wood carvings on Storage Wars, one a Witco cat and one a full 4 foot version of the type posted here, I had to tell them that the cat was more Tiki than this figure.
More examples:









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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-12-26 09:26 am   Permalink

But wait! I think I found an answer. This "Exotic Touch" website seems to know what they are talking about:

http://www.magiscraft.8m.com/prod03.htm

WITH pricelist! Amazing: An "Asmat" wine rack. An "Asmat" TV cabinet. There IS some similarity to the spirit of Witco here

What these carvings have to do with real Asmat art eludes me, though. Compare:

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/asma/hd_asma.htm



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8FT Tiki
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From: Kansas City, MO
Posted: 2013-12-26 09:31 am   Permalink

Firewood. Sorry

 
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Joe Banks
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From: An island in Catlandia
Posted: 2013-12-26 10:24 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-12-26 09:08, bigbrotiki wrote:
I had to tell them that the cat was more Tiki than this figure.




Cats are tiki.
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AceExplorer
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Joined: Apr 03, 2008
Posts: 999
From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2013-12-26 10:31 am   Permalink


On 2013-12-26 10:24, Joe Banks wrote:
Cats are tiki.

Uh, cats could be Egyptian, depending on your frame of reference.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2013-12-26 12:42 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-12-26 10:24, Joe Banks wrote:
Cats are tiki.



Only if they eat:



 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2013-12-26 12:43 pm   Permalink

"Asmat TV stand" I think the ancient Asmats invented TV didn't they?

But I guess in actuality, there is nothing wrong with something in a primative style with a modern function.
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