FINE ELEGANT EARLY 19TH C. TONGAN ULA THROWING CLUB
Origin: W. Polynesia, Tonga (Provenance: Old New England collection)
Period/Date: At least 1st quarter of the 19th century
Materials: root of a shrub being very hardwood
Description: This rare type of ula is called an i ula tavatava or i ula mundu and is most known for its wide and slightly flattened flanged head. Its lovely head has 11 separately carved lobes. This one is special because of its superb incised handgrip, featuring a rich cluster of unusual geometric motifs and symbols! From experience, I've found that for every Tongan Ula in existence, there must be 100 or more Fijian Ulas. The butt of the handgrip is also carved and originally likely had a small piece of Whale tooth Ivory inlay? Its has acquired a rich lustrous patina turning to red from long use and handling. In good condition with some minor dents as would be expected. A very dainty and elegant example having strong mana and feminine qualities.
Dimensions: Length 14.25" (36.5 cm), Width 3 3/4" (9.5 cm)
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