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Stilt step (tapuva'e)

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Marquesan men performed on stilts both for entertainment and for ritual occasions, such as weddings, funerary ceremonies for chiefs and priests, and coming-of-age celebrations. Most performances were contests between opponents that took place on large public ceremonial platforms. Drums provided...

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Provenance

Given to the MFA by William and Bertha Teel in 1992. Purchased from Alain Schoffel Gallery, Paris, May 1987.

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

Marquesas Islands, Polynesia, 19th–20th century

Object Place

Marquesas Islands, Polynesia

Dimensions

36.83 cm (14 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1992.418

Medium or Technique

Ironwood

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture