a.k.a. Oceanic Arts Tahitian Cannibal Eater Mug - Gold
From Peekaboo Gallery:
"This impressive chalice, 'THE CANNIBAL' is based on an original Tiki post carving by LeRoy Schmaltz created for the famous Don the Beachcomber restaurant at The Sahara Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This Beachcomber location featured some of the most elaborate and wide-ranging décor of any in the company’s chain across the globe. A series of eight entrance posts were fabricated by Oceanic Arts for placement at the interior of the venue. Each of these tall entrance tikis were unique and represented an amalgamation of Polynesian tribal styles. Upon the closing of the Las Vegas restaurant in the 1970s, the company sold a good deal of its décor back to Oceanic Arts. Over the years, OA sold or repurposed much of this décor into their Luau Rental Department.
The mug was designed by Peekaboo Gallery owner and author of OCEANIC ARTS: The Godfathers of TIKI, JORDAN REICHEK. The design is a representation of the Don the Beachcomber, 'Cannibal Post' carving and it features a base that pays homage to OA’s famous rope-wrapped brass tiki table lamp shades. This mug is MASSIVE, measuring 9 inches tall and 5 inches wide at the base, holding approximately 18oz of liquid gold! It comes in a special commemorative OA box."
"On both Saturday and Sunday, October 15th & 16th at the OA Warehouse, 50 mugs will be available each day on a first come, first serve basis to registered bidder attendees of the live auction. Once admitted after the doors open at 8am on Saturday and 9am on Sunday, registered attendees will be given a ticket to purchase (one mug per visitor only) the Gold Cannibal Mug. The remaining 100 mugs will go on sale to the general public on our website at a later date [February 16th, 2023]. Mugs come in a unique graphic box. $175 each."