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H697 Ship model, outrigger canoe, heavily carved, timber, made in the Savage Islands (Niue), before 1892. Click to enlarge.

Ship model,canow with ourtigger from the Savage islands (Niue)

    Ship model, outrigger canoe, heavily carved, timber, made in the Savage Islands (Niue), before 1892

    Niue canoes range from 1-2 man canoes to four man canoes ("vaka heke fa") to the largest, six man canoes ("vaka heke ono"). This canoe has the distinctive Niue torpedo shape on the main body, equal ended, narrowing to blunt points. The dugout body could accomodate 3 to 4 persons. There are three paddles and a larger broadly lanceolate steering oar .The top of the canoe is heavily incised as a …

    Summary

    Object No.

    H697

    Object Statement

    Ship model, outrigger canoe, heavily carved, timber, made in the Savage Islands (Niue), before 1892

    Physical Description

    Ship model, outrigger canoe, heavily carved, timber, made in the Savage Islands (Niue), before 1892

    Niue canoes range from 1-2 man canoes to four man canoes ("vaka heke fa") to the largest, six man canoes ("vaka heke ono"). This canoe has the distinctive Niue torpedo shape on the main body, equal ended, narrowing to blunt points. The dugout body could accomodate 3 to 4 persons. There are three paddles and a larger broadly lanceolate steering oar .The top of the canoe is heavily incised as a series of chevrons comprising vertical and inclined lines. The top of the canoe is adhered to the base by a series of leather stitches at wide intervals. The single outrigger is attached to three booms with a single stringer. The booms are attached to the outrigger by stanchions, which are all lashed directly to the booms, one with two, one with four, and one with five stanchions.

    Dimensions

    Height

    95 mm

    Width

    310 mm

    Production

    Notes

    Maker unknown

    History

    Notes

    In its general features the Niue canoe is more closely related to the Samoan type than to the Tongan type. The arrangement of the five stanchion attachment would be precisely like the Samoan type were the vertical stanchion to be replaced by a vertical cord brace. The larger canoes are said to carry a mast and sail occasionally.

    Source

    Credit Line

    Purchased 1892

    Acquisition Date

    1 February 1892

    Cite this Object

    Harvard

    Ship model,canow with ourtigger from the Savage islands (Niue) 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 9 February 2023, <https://ma.as/247099>

    Wikipedia

    {{cite web |url=https://ma.as/247099 |title=Ship model,canow with ourtigger from the Savage islands (Niue) |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=9 February 2023 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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