Marquesan turtle (Honu) - Cannibal Art
Marquesan turtle (Honu) - Cannibal Art

Marquesan turtle (Honu)

Beautiful turtle, adorned with the ancestral Marquesan motifs for protection. Turtles (honu) carry a strong meaning in Polynesian culture. Like deified ancestors, turtles were believed to have the ability to cross between two worlds - mortal and immortal. Despite being slow in pace, this creature never gives up which signifies perseverance, endurance, and faithfulness – sometimes against incredible odds. It is also regarded as a mark of good luck and guidance.

This Marquesan turtle was carved on Nuku Hiva Island. Size: 26cm (10.24in) in length x 18.5cm (7.28in) width

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