121cm. high; 47½in.
Attractive patina although with losses to this surface on one serrated side. Carving good with typical old marks and scratches from wear.
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Robert Hales Collection, Guernsey
The carving on the present lot is stylistically linked with that seen on objects from Tonga. This suggests a shared artistic tradition between these two island communities.