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Tapuvae

human history
  • Other Name

    Stilt step (English)

  • Description

    Tapuvae. Stilt step. This tapuvae or vaeake (stilt step) would have been used in races or fighting on stilts for sport. It is carved from wood with a supporting stylised tiki figure placed at an angle and incised with decorative surface carving. The form narrows and finishes to a stake at base. The tapuvae is narrow in width with a curved bar atop the figure to accommodate foothold.

    The wooded surface at back of the tapuvae is fluted so as to fit to a longer shaft to complete the stilt. The two components would have been lashed securely together with nape (coconut sennit). There are visible signs of pest activity with multiple small borer holes in the wood. The tapuvae is dark red brown in colour with patina.

  • Place
  • Accession Number
    1931.339
  • Accession Date
    30 Jun 1931
  • Other Id

    16530 (ethnology)

  • Department
step, stilt, 1931.339, 16530, Photographed by Andrew Hales,… … Read more

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