Model: Marshall Islands vaka model

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Marshall Island canoe vaka model with woven sail. Possibly a model of a walap - a large sailing vaka used mainly for inter-atoll voyaging.

A wooden double ended hull with bellick (high ends) which are ornamented with cut out shapes and feathers, the hull has asymmetric sides which are connected to the float by three curved gie (booms). A rectangle platform with raised sides. The sail is lateen shaped and has a spiller line which could be controlled by a navigator.
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Collection type
Maker and role
Unknown: Maker
Media/Material details
Wood, natural fibre, feathers, string, glue.
Wood: 0 - Whole
Natural Fibre: Sails
Feather: Decoration
Dimensions are given considering the length of the feathers.
Measurement details
3D objects (HxWxD): H 625 x W 620 x D 380mm: 0 - Whole
Production place and notes
Marshall Islands, Oceania
On display?
Not on display


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