Marquesas Islands Stilt Step Tapuvae, Polynesian Art-Oceanic Art
As I have mentioned before, I am true a convert to the beauty of Marquesas Islands stilt steps—known locally as Tapuvae. Featuring beautifully carved tiki figures below the elegantly curved footrest these stilt steps often have, like the present one, wonderful dark brown glossy patinas. Take the time to look at all the images to appreciate the fine details—of the cheek tattoo pattern and the precise grooving on both sides of the curved foot support. This tapuvae was acquired in the 1960s, dates to the early/mid 19th century, stands 13 1/8” (33.2 cm) in height.