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Woman's Valuable (Tolúk)

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  • £2,250.00
  • €2,635 Euro
  • $3,103 US Dollar

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Woman's Valuable (Tolúk)

WALPOLES
A Woman's Valuable or tolúk from Belau (formerly Palau), Caroline Islands. Turtleshell (Chelonia mydas) molded into the form of a dish, in untouched condition the back revealing a beautiful patina particularly to the edges of the dish, the surface indicative of age dating back to the 19th century or earlier.
The accumulation and exchange of wealth in the form of prestige valuables is an important aspect of Belauan culture. Although frequently referred to as "money," Belauan valuables are not currency in the ordinary sense but treasured objects, often with extensive individual histories, which are exchanged between families, (rather than within) only on important occasions such as births, marriages, or deaths. Men and women each have their own forms of wealth, which cannot be owned or exchanged by members of the opposite sex. Women's wealth consists of tolúk (shallow trays), such as this, and itrir (spoons) made from plates of turtle shell.
To form the trays, individual plates of turtle shell are immersed in hot water to soften them. When malleable, these plates are placed in two-part molds of wood, which are tied tightly together and further heated to press the plates into the desired bowl-like form. Still within the mold, the turtle shell is placed in cold water to harden and once cooled, the newly formed tolúk is ready to be shaped around its edge. This present example exhibits a beautiful cloud like pattern to its reverse side. As no mention is made of these trays ever being decorated, it is most likely that this pattern results from the grain of the wooden mold being impressed into the shell. length almost 8in x 4.25 in

Period: 

19th Century

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WALPOLES

111 Portobello Road,
London
W11 2DY
United Kingdom

WWW.WALPOLEANTIQUES.COM

Walpoles is an antiques business that has been established for more than 35 years with an extensive stock which can be divided into three broad themes: "The Army" encompassing colonial furniture and works of art, folk art of the British soldier as well as campaign furniture, pictures and objects of a military theme; "The Navy" covering fine and folk art associated with the British Royal and Merchant Navy fleets as well as fine art and objects that fall under a title of "The China Trade"; and finally there is an established core of furniture, pictures and works of art typical of "The English Country House".

Founded by Graham Walpole, the business first set up in Church Street, in London’s Marylebone, and by the end of the 1980s had moved to Westbourne Grove, from where they dealt until the turn of the last century. In 2004 Walpoles relocated to their home town of Greenwich and joined the British Antiques Dealers Association but now work from 111 Portobello Road. Please be aware that this shop is too small to show all of the stock on the website and that you should make an enquiry before your journey to ensure that the item in question is there for you to see. We are open every day, with the exception of Sundays, between the hours of 10 a.m. & 4 p.m., (Saturday 7.00 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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