ki'i (sculpture)

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Scope note
Free-standing figures representing deities, most often carved in wood, found in Polynesia, particularly the Hawaiian Islands. The word 'tiki' is commonly used to refer broadly to these figures, but is technically incorrect. Use "Tiki" to refer to the popularization of Polynesian imagery in Post-WWII North American culture, and more specifically to copies of these figures.
Accepted term: 27-May-2024