- Museum number
Standing figure (probably a ti'i) made of wood (probably fagraea) with hands on belly, arms broken off. Large hips, slightly bent knees. Nipples and navel indicated.
- Production date
- 19thC (before 1882)
Height: 63 centimetres
Width: 18 centimetres
Depth: 15 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Round white label on back: '+1992 v Exchange SHEF. MUS 1882. AF'
Slip describes the costume: 'head dress of black feathers. tapa strings round neck and piece of grass matting round loins.'
Véronique Mu-Liepmann of Museé de Tahiti et des îles has stated (24/11/03) this figure is most likely to be from the Gambiers.
Comment from Tara Hiquily, curator, Musée de Tahiti et ses Îles, during a visit to the museum storehouse, 19 June 2008: ‘The body is typically Tahitian. But it has a neck and gap before the chin and a small head which is not Tahitian in style. The face is also not typical – it is more naturalistic. It has nostrils. The eyes are more delineated than usual, the legs are more realistic.These features are more typical of the Gambiers. It could be seen as being half-way between Tahiti and the Gambiers. Although its back is flat and it has a big bottom: not features of carving in the Gambiers. The face looks Australs. It looks really old. It probably had tapa around the waist. You can see the ridge around the head for the feathered headdress.’
Wood identified as probably Fagraea by Dr Paula Rudall, Head of Micromorphology, Jodrell Laboratory, Kew Gardens, during her analysis of woods used in Hawaiian and other Polynesian figures. Publication forthcoming.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Acquired by exchange with Sheffield Museum. See Christy Correspondence file for Sheffield Museum 1882.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1882C2.1997a (old CDMS no.)