Pounder

oceania | Chuuk Islands

Pounder

Chuuk Islands

Chuuk Islands
Formerly known as Truk Islands, Federated States of Micronesia

Early 20th century
Carved coral
Height : 13.5 cm – 5 ¼ in.

Provenance
Ex private collection, Paris

Exhibited
“Crossing Mirrors”, Fondation Rosenblum & Friends, Paris
September 2012- March 2013

Chuuk pounder 13.5 cm with cross design/ Galerie Flak Price on request
This elegant coral pounder from the Truk Islands (or Chuuk), an archipelago in the South Pacific, is distinguished by the purity of its form and its superb material.
In stone, wood, bone, shell or as here in coral, pounders were used to crush minerals for dyes, plants and fruit for medicine or food. These everyday objects were highly valued by the islanders because they were essential to their survival.

This pounder was showcased between September 2012 and March 2013 at the Fondation Rosenblum Collection & Friends, 183 Rue du Chevaleret, 75013 Paris as part of the exhibition "Crossing Mirrors" presenting a panorama of convergences between contemporary art and tribal art.
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