Art and Handicraft: Sculpture
|Tiki, long ago, these sometimes imposing human
like sculptures, representing familiar gods, were calles
tikis, derived from Tiki, the creator and inventor of
carving and statues.
The Marquesans have given them all nearly the same type of form. They can stand up to more than 2m high.
|The Tiki are mainly all masculine. Conforming to
the same model. They are are human-like statues, of
They have reasonably large heads compared to the rest of their bodies.
The head looking straight forward with large well defined eyes, a large mouth, a thick torso, long arms which are either folded in front, or resting on the sides, and reasonably short legs.
|oday the Tiki is the most known sculptured object in
the Marquesas, a real signature of the marquesan artist,
whether it is with wood, stone or bone.
|The 'pestle' is an object still used in everyday
life in the Marquesas.
Used mainly to pound the
breadfruit (mei) into popoi ( a meal with the breadfruit,
pound with the pestle and then fermented for future use.