Carved wooden tiki sculpture outside the reconstruction of the Maison du Jouir or House of Pleasure, a traditional 2-storey hut and home to French artist Paul Gauguin, 1848-1903, from 1901 to his death, now part of the Paul Gauguin Cultural Center, a museum which opened in 2003, in Atuona, on the island of Hiva Oa, in the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. Tiki sculptures represent Ti’i, a half-human half-god ancestor who is believed to be the first man. Tiki often have a huge head, symbolising power, and big eyes symbolising knowledge. Tiki are respected and are often placed outside houses as protective statues. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Carved wooden tiki sculpture outside the reconstruction of the Maison du Jouir or House of Pleasure, a traditional 2-storey hut and home to French artist Paul Gauguin, 1848-1903, from 1901 to his death, now part of the Paul Gauguin Cultural Center, a museum which opened in 2003, in Atuona, on the island of Hiva Oa, in the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. Tiki sculptures represent Ti’i, a half-human half-god ancestor who is believed to be the first man. Tiki often have a huge head,...
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