Tobacco pipe or Epaepa

Posted by Anthony JP Meyer | June 8, 2023 | Selection of works - Meyer Gallery
19th centuryMarquesas Islands, Polynesia

Carved on wood and representing an assemblage of various tiki representation on the bowl and stem. These figures include three large faces on the pipe bowl, and three half figures on the stem with two lateral half figures and one larger one carved on the top of the stem, as well as janus heads towards the mouth-piece. There is a wide, waisted roundel carved in the middle of the stem.
Marquesas Islands, Polynesia.
Wood with a fine dark patina and traces of wear and use (minor old lacunae to one tiki).
25,7 cm.
19th century.
Orignally found on a Flea Market in Brittany.
Ex coll. : Olivier Pean, France
Price on request
On show at the exhibition “Cross Collecting Now !”
From 12 to 18 June, 2023
At Angela Berney Fine Arts – Andlauerhof 17 Muensterplatz – 4051 Basel – Switzerland.
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Additional information :
Only a small number of pipes carved by this unknown artist or work shop or in the same manner are recorded : The earliest example is drawn and published by Charles-Claude Antiq in an album of drawings circa 1845-1847 (PIC Volume 2 #T1071-T1094 NK10376/1-24-Original drawings Taiti [i.e. Tahiti], Marquises, Morea, Valparaiso, 1845-47) from the Rex Nan Kivell Collection in the National Library of Australia. The second example is drawn and illustrated by M.C. Noury in 1861 in his rare printed portfolio « Album Polynesien » on Pl. 5, fig. 1. & 2. described as « Pipe des Marquises en bois noir ». The third is one collected by Reverend George Stallworthy (1809–1859) between 1844 to 1859 and is in the collections of Museum of Anthropology of the University of British Columbia. The fourth is the double stem pipe previously in the collection of Josef Mueller, Solothurn / Geneva in the early 20th century. Subsequently sold at auction. The fifth is the example in the Caroline and Mark Blackburn collection of Polynesian Art, Kamuela, Hawai’i