Rare Hand Crafted Stilt Step from the Marquesas Islands Carved from Native Hardwood. 13 3/4 inches (34.9 cm) high x 4 inches (9.5 cm) deep 1 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) wide. The object weighs 1 lb.
Condition: Very good with an old repair at the crescent curve that was secured with glue: The item has a dark old complex patina. Description: Young Marquesan men used stilts during funerary and other ceremonies, performing acrobatics and staging mock battles with each other to show their athletic prowess. The stilts themselves were five to six feet high, with fully carved steps like this one lashed to them about three feet up.The figure under the decorated curve is a Tiki, representing the god of creation. He is the principal Marquesan image, and many artworks from these islands contain his stylized likeness. This item was from a Sonoma County, Northern California collection. This item is guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition described. The item "Antique Stilt Step from the Marquesas Islands 13 3/4 x 4 deep x 1 3/8 wide" is in sale since Sunday, December 8, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Pacific Islands & Oceania". The seller is "merugman" and is located in Pinole, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.