18TH C. ULA W/ TEETH
Origin: W. Polynesia, Fiji (Provenance: Old New South Wales collection)
Period/Date: 18th c.
Materials: Dense heavy hardwood wood i ula drisi, Human Teeth, Breadfruit resin?
Description: This spherical head example is very old having dark rich color and significant wear to the tavatava carved handgrip. It features two inset human molar teeth within its valleys and voids, presumably taken from a victim. Note that the degree of wear on the handgrip is generational and truly amazing! In good condition with areas of white paint speckling.
Dimensions: Length 14.75" (37.5 cm), Width 3.5" (9.2 cm)
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