The commonly ‘dreaded shark‘ is viewed in a surprisingly different light by the people of Tonga. A sighting of it’s universally famous fin doesn’t ruffle Tongans and they truly have dominion over the Anga (shrak in Tongan).
The Anga is found in abundance in the Pacific Ocean and is a source of sustenance for many a family, keeping them fit and healthy. What is viewed as an ‘expensive and rare meat’ in a lot of countries around the world, is quite a ‘common food’ in most sea-faring homes in Tonga.
Medium: Traditional Tongo ink, special soil paint and acrylic on Tapa surface. Tongo ink is made from the extracted fluid of Mangrove bark. The special soil used as paint is found only in specific places in the ancient island of Eua and in the past, it was used to wash hair. Tapa – is made by beating the bark of the Tongan Mulberry tree for hours, until thin strips finally flatten and stretch out. These pieces are then joined together firmly to form a canvas like surface.
Size: 11 inches (l) x 27 inches (b)
Price: On Request
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