Here is a beautiful tiki figure measuring 20 inches, made out of solid Acacia Koa wood, monkey pod. Called PELE, collected in Hawaii prior to 1879. ORIGINAL: Musee de l'Homme, PARIS PROVENANCE: undertermined This is a beautiful piece of art! These Tiki was carved with great attention to details. Madam Pele, Queen of Fire
She was the daughter of the Earth Goddess Haumea and dwells in the Kilauea volcano. This wild and fiery goddess is widely venerated in Hawaii and other parts of Polynesia. When eruptions threaten towns it is thought that Pele is angry. Her volcanoes are both destroyers and creators of the earth, since her flowing lava makes new land. Pele's husband, the Pig God Kamapua'a, is the inventor of agriculture. Notice the spouting "lava crest" of her comb headdress.
[adapted from a 19th cent. carved wood image, Museum of Man, Paris]
This is a superb wood sculpture with great imagination, skill and respect for the beauty and natural lines of the wood. THis statue is a replica.
The original sculpture is the only one of its kind in the world and is now part of a priceless collection of the Bishop Museum, Honolulu. Today it is considered by experts to be the largest and finest of this class of portable image.
ORIGINAL: Bishop Museum, Hawaii
It would be perfect for a tropical decorating theme or as a sculpture to add some drama to your tiki bar or luau. A beautiful piece of Hawaiiana and Oceanic Art. Place this impressive statue by you front door to greet your guests and to protect your home with it's POWERFUL PRESENCE.
Manifestations of Mana are what Polynesian sculptors' desire most, and Mana is not easy to define. It is most commonly defined as "power" but it also means dignity, serenity. It sometimes means bravery and often implies humor and pride. But there is no evil, no cruelty in mana.
Also a great gift idea with MUCH ALOHA...
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