Stone carved tiki sculpture, in grey keetu or volcanic tuff, 85cm tall, with crowned head and tattooed mouth, hands on the belly and male genitalia, on the Queen's Tomb, at Tohua Pehekua, a small cemetery with 4 tombs of chief Te Hau Moea and his family, who died in the early 20th century, near the Iipona archaeological site, near the village of Puamau, on the island of Hiva Oa, in the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. Tiki sculptures are usually carved in wood or stone and 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 or tombs as protective statues. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Stone carved tiki sculpture, in grey keetu or volcanic tuff, 85cm tall, with crowned head and tattooed mouth, hands on the belly and male genitalia, on the Queen's Tomb, at Tohua Pehekua, a small cemetery with 4 tombs of chief Te Hau Moea and his family, who died in the early 20th century, near the Iipona archaeological site, near the village of Puamau, on the island of Hiva Oa, in the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. Tiki sculptures are usually carved in wood or stone and represent...
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