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Rowers Masked
[CAN-0713]

by Captain Cook's Hawaii



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A Canoe of the Sandwich Islands, the Rowers Masked

Artist: John Webber
Plate: 65
Engraver: C. Crignion

Printed by: Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016

Depicted in this image, the rowers are transporting a priest who is carrying a feather-covered image of Kukailimoku, the Hawaiian god of war. The priests and paddlers are all wearing gourd masks, and their double-hulled canoe is rigged with a woven sail.

Double-hulled or single-hulled outrigger canoes were the primary form of transportation in Polynesian Hawaii. The smaller canoes, like the one depicted here, were shaped from a single, great koa log harvested from upcountry rainforests where they were carved before being hauled to the coast. Each canoe typically held five or six paddlers.

We custom-print this facsimile on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years. Modern printing techniques allow us to improve and enhance the historical subject matter, even as we're careful to preserve and maintain its historical and artistic integrity.