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Bury Road, Sewardstonebury
(Gilwell Park Scout Activity Centre)

El Toqui

known as "Chile Statue"
Fernando Thauby
Fundición artt;stica Rómulo Tonti (Santiago de Chile)
1929

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Description

Statuette of a Toqui carrying a puma and a sword or long knife in a scabbard. The muscular figure is captured in full stride wearing a loin cloth. A Toqui (meaning axe or axe-bearer) is a title conferred by the Mapuche (an indigenous Chilean people) on those chosen as leaders during times of war.
The statue was presented to Lord Baden-Powell and his wife Lady Olave by the Chilean delegation that attended the 1929 Jamboree in England.

On the base of the statue is the inscription:
EL TOQUI
A SIR BADEN POWELL | LOS SCOUTS DE CHILE | 1929.

Gilwell Park is the Scout Association's national headquarters. It is located in Sewardstonebury, belonging to Waltham Abbey, Essex, although usually the address is given as (North) London.

Signature

F. Thauby (almost unreadable)
fundion artistca R. TONTI 1929 chile

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Location (N 51°38'58" - E 0°0'9")

Item Code: gbee119; Photograph: 17 March 2019  / updated: 26 April 2019
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