Model: outrigger vaka, Samoa

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Light unvarnished carved model of an outrigger paddling vaka, of soatau form, a longer with four booms connecting to ama float.

The hull has incised geometric patterns on the side opposite the ama, and on the upper surface of a

This vaka at full size was used for fishing along the coast and out to sea. Four paddles lashed across the top of the hull, indicate it would be propelled by up to four paddlers a sail was often adopted.
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Unknown: Maker
Wood: 0 - Whole
920 x 230 x 115 mm (measurements 2020)
Measurement details
3D objects (HxWxD): H 95 x W 215 x D 910mm: 0 - Whole
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Not on display


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