Made before 2001 Fatu Hiva, Marquesas Islands An important revival in Marquesan barkcloth (hiapo) is taking place. Decorative designs are based on traditional tattooing motifs which are associated with the male warrior spirit; serving as visual armour but also asserting power and authority. The human eye motif relates to the good sight needed in combat. The turtle is associated with the world of the dead travelling between the land and the sea.
|Full Name||barkcloth sheet|
|Production country||French Polynesia (Overseas Collectivity of France)|
|Material||paper mulberry; root or modern|
|Collection class||Art non religious figures|
|Production town||Fatu Hiva|
|Production county||Marquesas Islands|
|Production year high||2001|