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standing figure, identified as Kuka'ilimoku
  • unknown Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) maker
  • standing figure, identified as Kuka'ilimoku, late 1800s–1987
  • Where object was made: Hawaii, United States
  • wood, varnish, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 54 x 24 x 20 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 21 1/4 x 9 7/16 x 7 7/8 in
  • Gift of Fritz W. Forbes
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3128

The standing figure is carved from a reddish-brown wood. It has a large head, with large bulbous eyes, a wide flattened nose, and the mouth is open, revealing teeth, in a figure 8 shape. The body is human-like, though no gender is indicated. The feet are quite large. He is wearing a notched headdress or hairstyle that extends from his forehead down either side of the body to his feet.