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Marquesas Islands
Figure, Tiki
Basalt
H. 6 3/16 in. (15.7 cm)
Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection
Indiana University Art Museum, 97.1


Many stone figures are known from the Marquesas Islands. Small ones such as this may have been used as charms to ensure healing or successful ventures. The hole in the top of the head suggests that this one may have been suspended in a temple area.