TOM HURST

Tom Hurst has collected Tribal Art from a young age, passionate and focused he has an eclectic collection with many of his pieces attached to historically important provenances. 

CONTACT

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www.totallyoriginalmerchandise.com

Exhibits

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A Senufo champion cultivator staff 

 

 

Ivory Coast 

First half of 20th Century

Ex Michel Koenig, Brussels. Pendarell (Pen) Kent

142.5cm long.

£1750


 

The staff was the prize in a competition undertaken by the young men in the Senufo tribe, presented to whoever could outwork the rest of the competitors, swinging a hoe to the beat of a drum. The winner would not only win the staff but also the promise of a beautiful wife which the staff represents.This would later, on his death, be placed beside his grave to guard his spirit.

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A Chokwe prestige Sceptre 

Janus head figures. Early 20th Century. 62cm long.

£1100

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A Rurutu Island spear club (Tao)

Austral Islands. Carved from ra'au (hardwood)

18th C

Ex Captain Robert E Donneley collection  277.5cm long

£7500

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A Tongan Apa’apai (coconut stalk) club

 

Having three sides of finely carved decoration

19th C.

93.5cm long

£1850

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An Elema gope board

 

Having red and black pigments and a central ancestor mask.

Papuan Gulf. Papua New Guinea.

Late 19th C.

Ex Malcolm Davidson, Melbourne. 194.5cm long.

£1650


 

Gope boards are used to guard against evil spirits, sickness and death and are often carved from the enemy’s boats. They are consulted before a battle on which tribe to attack and they are thought to sap all the enemy’s strength. Warriors are awarded these for acts of bravery in battle.

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