This is a rather Rare Walking Stick or Cane....called a "TokoToko"... acquired on Easter Island in the 1960's by a US State Dept.Official.
The size is approx. 37" long, and the "double sided face" is approx. 2.75" wide. Hand carved from a very fine grained and hard wood.
The condition is excellent....the bottom of the shaft is worn from actual use (as a vintage walking stick should be), and about one inch shows a slight discoloration from being pushed in the ground (from research I found, it seems that these TokoToko on Easter Island were used as "talking sticks" to summon or talk to the Gods...they were pushed in the ground, and then the string attached at the top was tugged in order to gain the God's attention !!) Original natural fiber string is still attached. There is a small divot on the top surface of the knob type handle, that almost looks like it might be a "burl" knot.
A rather austere face with pinched lips, and the ornamental "ears" on the sides show a darkening also from being held (see Photo)...
There are examples of these Tokotoko in museums around the world, and I have included a photo excerpt from the book: Author: Leopold A. D Montague Title: "Weapons and implements of savage races (Australasia, Oceania, and Africa)"..Publisher: London : "The Bazaar, Exchange & Mart" Office, which pictures an example of a rare "War Club" from Easter Island, with very similar facial features to this Cane. He states: " In the old days a few clubs were brought home from this out-of-the-way locality, as the natives then made weapons, probably for intertribal warfare ; but it would appear that nothing of the sort has been manufactured there for a very long time, so Easter Island weapons are now of the highest degree of rarity. Many years ago I was lucky enough to pick up, at quite a moderate price, the fine example of a club shown in Fig. 37." (See Photo)
"toko ,,sacred pole or stick set up in honour of a deity‟. It is known that the Maori term denotes paramount deities with the help of staffs."(Handy 1927)
A fabulous and Rare Walking Stick or Cane...Easter Island origin...for your collection !!
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