Description & Technical information

A rare form of food pounder from a high Grade man decorated with two janus birds as the finial. Gaua Island, Banks Islands, Vanuatu, Melanesia.

Date:  19th century
Period:  1850-1900, 19th century
Origin:  Melanesia
Medium: Wood
Dimensions: 80 x 9.2 x 6 cm (31¹/₂ x 3⁵/₈ x 2³/₈ inches)
Literature: See Speiser, Felix: ETHNOLOGY OF VANUATU, AN EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY STUDY. English translation of the original 1923 edition, Crawford-House Press, Bathurst, 1991, for a pounder with a single bird of identical type.
Categories: Tribal Art