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Male Figure (Aumakua ki’i or Akua ki’i)

This figure was likely carved to honor a personal, family, or state god. The crudely cut areas underneath and between the feet suggest that originally it may have been attached to a post. Collected in 1825 by a member of the crew of the H. M. S. Blonde, either in Oahu or in the Kona area of Hawai’i, after a change in the Hawaiian religious system led to the destruction of many temples and their images, this figure belonged to a number of British collectors before being acquired by the Eskenazi Museum of Art in 1982.

Hawai’i
Male Figure (Aumakua ki’i or Akua ki’i)
1800–1825
Wood, bark cloth
H. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift in honor of Roy Sieber, 82.41