Digging Stick

RI 123.75


A footrest attachment (teka) for a digging stick (ko). It has a right-angle shape in profile. A tiki (stylised human) figure "supports" the upper part, with its hands on its stomach, its tongue on its chest, and its penis extending to between its feet and resting on the head of a second figure on the lower section. There are double spirals on the shoulders and buttocks of the figure and elsewhere, with crescents between. The left eye is shell-inlaid. The carving may be unfinished, as the left edge of the upper section is not carved all the way along, only along the right edge of the lower bottom part. The shell inlay is missing on right eye of the upper figure, and the shell in the left eye is broken. The shell inlay is missing from both eyes of the lower figure.