Pounder (Ke'a Tuki Popoi)
Arts of the Pacific Islands
This pounder subtly incorporates back-to-back faces fashioned in low-relief on the handle. Art museums usually highlight more ornate religious objects or secular items created for the upper classes. In this case it is refreshing to focus on a beautifully crafted domestic item.
8 x 5 x 5 in. (20.3 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm) (show scale)
Label on base reads "45.1205 Linton"
Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
Poi pounder of black stone. Lower portion is round with flat bottom surface for pounding. Shaft/handle is topped by two carved heads, facing opposite directions, with large round eyes and large open mouths with partially protruding tongues. Geometric ornament carved in area between two heads. Handle plus heads form an overall phallic shape.
Condition: Stone surface is pitted overall.
This item is not on view
Marquesan. Pounder (Ke'a Tuki Popoi), 18th century. Stone, 8 x 5 x 5 in. (20.3 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.224.157. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.224.157_SL1.jpg)
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