Male figure (tiki) representing the deity Rongo

Mangarevan people

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This Mangarevan male tiki is associated with the deity Rongo (Hawai’i: Lono). Piercing through the sky on the arc of a rainbow, Rongo is responsible for the rains that sustain the vital breadfruit crop. Carved in the fullness of youth, this wooden figure references the agricultural abundance that was sought through the ritual presentation of the first fruits of the season to the gods. These ceremonies accompanied the appearance on the horizon of the cluster of stars known as Matariki (Pleiades).

#1701. Male Figure, Part 1



  1. 1701. Male Figure, Part 1
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Male figure (tiki) representing the deity Rongo, Wood, Mangarevan people

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