Since ancient times, Moata’ane (roosters) in Tonga are considered quite special. They are popularly referred to as messengers. Every dawn is heralded by their call and so is each dusk. Moata’ane also stand for authenticity, courage and strength in the ‘friendly islands’. This classic scene of two Moata’ane getting ready to fight ,while the others disperse nervously is a frequent and entertaining sight !
Mediums and material used:
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.
Tongo Ink: is made from the extracted fluid of Mangrove bark. This fluid is boiled at various temperatures to get a variety of hues.
Soil Paint: The 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.
Size: 1.24 feet (length) x 2.8 Feet (breadth)
Price: On Request