TLF ID R5407
This is a 19th-century wood sculpture from the Marquesas Islands (eastern Polynesia), believed to be a canoe prow. A male figure sits upon a T-shaped platform, his legs held up by a smaller, facing figure whose head is missing. The figures are covered in fine surface carving with the hands resting on the stomach of the carved figure. The main figure has pierced ears and on the back of its head there are two pierced lugs which could have held the cords for strings of feathers or other fibre decorations commonly used on canoe prows. The carving measures 3.75 m (l) x 2.60 m (w) x 2.20 m (h).