Marquesas Islands Stilt Step Tapuvae-Polynesian Art-Oceanic Art
What I love about Marquesas Islands stilt steps, tapuvae, is the combination of a large, intricately carved tiki figure and the warm glossy patina of a well-used and cherished object. There is the awe associated with an old, legitimate Polynesian god figure and the tactile quality of something approachable, worn and smooth in the hand. This particular example has wonderful details in the carved decoration and a glossy, nearly black patina. It comes from the Marcel Marnat Collection of Paris and was originally sold by Ader Picard & Tajan auction in February of 1987. The piece dates to the early 19th century, stands 13 ½” (34.2 cm) in height.