Ivi Poo

oceania | Marquesas Islands

Ivi Poo

Marquesas Islands

Ivi Poo ornament

19th century
Bone
Height: 1 ½ in. – 4.2 cm

Provenance
Ex collection Gunther Markert, Munich
Ex collection Mia & Loed Van Bussel, Amsterdam
Ex collection Alain Bovis, Paris
Ex private collection, Paris

Published:
“Oceanic Art / Myth Man and Image in the South Seas”, Douglas Newton & Carl A. Schmitz, Ed. Abrams New York, 1969, pl. 250

Ivi Poo 4.2 cm / Galerie Flak Price: on request
In Polynesian myths, tiki is often considered the primordial ancestor of men. Omnipresent in the art of the Marquesas Islands, anthropomorphic representations of tiki are used particularly to ornament ivi poo. These hollow cylinders were carved from the bones of an enemy or an ancestor, thus retaining the mana, or vital sacred power of the deceased. Ivi poo served as body ornaments and protective charms, and were transmitted from generation to generation.

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