19 Aug 2013

Tongan artifacts to be auctioned in England

6:26 am on 19 August 2013

A valuable collection of preserved Tongan artefacts, including five war clubs, a priest's staff and a kali or a headrest, dating back to the 1800's, are to be auctioned in England at the end of this month.

Matangi Tonga reports that the combined value of the artefacts has been put at up to 177 thousand US dollars.

The artefacts belong to the family of the Reverend John Thomas, one of the first Methodist missionaries in Tonga.