Vintage Maori Tiki Handcarved Wooden Maripi Patu New Zealand Tribal Paua Shell
VINTAGE MAORI TIKI HANDCARVED WOODEN MARIPI PATU NEW ZEALAND TRIBAL PAUA SHELL. EXQUISITE VINTAGE HANDCARVED MAORI MARIPI. Presenting an exceptional vintage Maori Maripi which has been expertly handcarved from one solid piece of timber. This exceptional piece has been beautifully handcarved with traditional Maori designs. The club-like body is intricately carved with a pierced design and decorated with traditional swirling motifs. Discs of Paua shell are inlaid within the design with large inlaid discs to the tip. The stub of the handle features a carved Tiki head with inlaid paua shell eyes. While this piece looks very much like an ornate Patu (and would perfectly compliment a collection of such) it was infact traditionally a cutting implement called a Maripi and not a weapon. The pierced design allowed sharks teeth to be bound with fibre to the curved edge. This superb piece is presented in excellent vintage condition with no cracks, breaks or repairs. This fine example has developed a lovely mellow patina. This piece has been very well cared for and presents spectacularly. This impressive Maripi measures approx 420mms or 16.5 in length and 135mms in width. Please take the time to view the additional Maori Patu we also currently have listed.
This fabulous piece would make a fine addition to any Kiwiana, Maori, Pacific Islands, Oceanic or Tribal art collection! A perfect gift idea for any person who appreciates Maori culture or Tribal art.
A fabulous feature in any Tiki inspired decor or Tiki bar. International buyers are most welcome. Sorry, no personal cheques accepted. All items are professionally packaged using quality materials. We individually hand select quality vintage, antique, well designed and hand crafted pre-loved items, and proudly offer our finds for sale. We aim to describe and visually represent our items as accurately as possible.
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This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Pacific Islands & Oceania". The seller is "threetreefrogs" and is located in Melbourne, Victoria.
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