University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameTiki
Object Number:18033
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Marquesas Islands
Nuku Hiva
Tai Pi Vai
Date Made: pre 1874
Early Date: 1850
Late Date: 1874
Height: 133cm
Width: 24cm
Depth: 23cm
Credit Line:Gift of William Pepper, 1891


Human figure with stylized face, flexed knees, hands resting on stomach. In the Marquesas Islands such large wooden figures (tiki), representing deified ancestors, were placed on stone platforms at ritual sites. This one was found near Tai Pi Vai (Herman Melville's "Typee") Valley.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Loan Exhibition - Objects Used in Religious Ceremonies, and Charms and Implements For Divination (16 Apr 1892)View Objects in Exhibition
Polynesia Gallery (28 Jan 1982 - Jun 2010)View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Hall, H. U. 1921. "Art of the Marquesas Islanders". The Museum Journal. Vol. XII (No. 4): pp. 252-292. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig. 104View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Davidson, Daniel S. The Oceanic Collections of the University Museum. The University Museum Bulletin. 12 (3-4) Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 90View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Hall, H. U. 1921. "Wood Carvings of the Austral Islands". Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 91View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Horne, Lee C. 1985. Introduction to the Collections of The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 63, fig. 3View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Greub, Suzanne. 2011. Gauguin Polynesia. 400. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 276, Fig. 271View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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