Twinned figure hook Z 2740

[singlepic id=76 w=250 h=450 float=none]Twinned figure hook
The two female figures have conjoined buttocks, which suggests that they may originally have represented Topokulu and Naufanua, the siamese-twinned rain goddesses from ‘Eua island in Tonga.
Fiji. Presented to Sir A. Gordon by J. B.Thurston, 1875-80. Z 2740

Ancestor figures
A wide range of figures in wood and ivory were revered in pre-Christian times. Those with anthropomorphic features were generally female. Many were considered to be manifestations of ancestor gods. While some are distinctively Fijian in style, many ivory figures probably originated in Tonga.

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