plant (coconut), feather
42.8 x 10 x 9.3 cm
Tahiti, Society Islands, Polynesia
To'o image. Wrapped in tapa, tied with sennit.
Two-pair twine with coir cord. Designs worked out through use of red-stained coir: geometric patterns. Includes cordage which wrapped around image to hold feathers in place. Collected from bluff shelter in 1925 by Emory. Thought to represent Tahitian ancestral deity of war, 'Oro. The red coloring of the image was considered a sacred color in many areas of Polynesia.