Tiki Ivi Po'o
Marquesas Islands, Polynesia, 1700-1800
Height : 3,8 cm
Provenance : Sir Jacob Epstein, London
Carlo Monzino, Lugano
Lance Entwistle, Paris
Exhibition : The Arts Council of Great Britain, 1960, London, n° 209
Publication : The Epstein collection (1960), W. Fagg, n°209
Jacob Epstein Collector (1989), E. Bassani and M. McLeod, page 141, n° 497
To adorn themselves and the objects they used, Marquesans fashioned beadlike cylinders of bone called ivi po’o, literally “bone pieces”, from the arm and leg bones of their enemies. Those carved in human form, such as the present piece, were refered to as tiki ivi po’o. These objects were employed widely as personal ornaments, worn around the neck or in the hair, or as decorative accents to larger works such as shell tumpets, drums, slings and other household furniture.
A very fine and archaic example.
Price on request