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Three-Day Antiques and Fine Art Sale - December 2010

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Tribal Art - a fine Tongan apa'apai fighting club, the carved lanceolate blade with small human and bird pictograms and  dynamic zig-zags and chequered panels, 98.5cm long, 19th century  Notes: One of the few types of weapon indigenous to Tonga as opposed to being imported from Fiji, this heavy two-handed club was the favoured implement of war from the mid-18th throughout the first half of the 19th century. Usually carved with 'tata', stylised geometric motifs, zig-zags and abstract figures, fish, animals and birds, they are typified by a diamond section head with either a flat, flared tip or a point.  Reference: Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, 1884.91.51
sold for £1200.00

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Tribal Art - a fine Tongan apa'apai fighting club, the carved lanceolate blade with small human and bird pictograms and dynamic zig-zags and chequered panels, 98.5cm long, 19th century Notes: One of the few types of weapon indigenous to Tonga as opposed to being imported from Fiji, this heavy two-handed club was the favoured implement of war from the mid-18th throughout the first half of the 19th century. Usually carved with 'tata', stylised geometric motifs, zig-zags and abstract figures, fish, animals and birds, they are typified by a diamond section head with either a flat, flared tip or a point. Reference: Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, 1884.91.51

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