here’s my attempt at carving a Fisherman’s god or ‘Tang’ as Tiki fans like to call them. This is a bit of a classic Tiki carving which has been done by many carvers in the past and is regularly the basis of Tiki mugs and artworks.
You can even see it on the cover of The Future Sound of London‘s Single ‘Papua New Guinea’ even though the fisherman’s god is actually from Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.
This is the first Tiki I’ve carved that is a direct copy of a real sculpture. Normally I take an influence from here and there and try to put my own spin on it. This was more difficult as there was no room for improvisation.
Mine’s anatomically correct unlike some that suffered at the hands of the missionaries that collected them…
Thanks for looking!
Here’s some pictures I took on a recent visit to the British Museum. Oceania isn’t particularly well represented there, I’m guessing the museum doesn’t have enough pieces to create a room, so they show what the do have alongside artefacts from other cultures under the theme ‘Living and Dying’.
Having said that there are some interesting pieces, including some impressive Maori carvings and an easter island Moai.
There’s also some cool stuff from the Solomon islands including an Adaro, an evil sea spirit which can kill by firing flying fish at unwary fishermen.
All in all it’s worth a trip, it’s free!
Apologies for the crap pictures, a combination of low lighting, it was busy and my camera was running out of batteries…