Ha'apai island group, Tonga
Eighteenth century (?)
H. 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection
Indiana University Art Museum, 2010.17
Figures from Tonga are believed to represent ancestors or goddesses.
Only about a dozen carved from ivory survive from the eighteenth
and nineteenth centuries, and they be associated in particular with
Hikule’o, an important deity connected with harvest and fertility.