Baup Takue

About this object

Iconographic meaning

Title translates as "Rape of the Moon".

Physical description

Wood carving of a man and moon woman. The woman, painted white, stands slightly crouched at front and her head is in the shape of a large crescent moon, with sharply pointed chin and forehead, and carved facial features. She wears a grass skirt and twisted grass loops around ankles, neck and through nose. The man holds her from behind. He is painted orange and wears an elaborately painted mask and braided loop embellishments. His hair is made of twisted rope. The eyes of both figures are made of shell. They stand on a rounded brown base.