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Flèche faîtière. Kanak people, New Caledonia

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Fragment of a roof finial of a large clan house, a sculpture of the Kanak people made of Houp wood, 18th century. Height: 101 cm. Museé du Louvre, Pavillion des Sessions. Accession Number: Inv. 96.2.1. Public Domain. Photo by Jastrow (2006).

From Wikipedia:

A flèche faîtière is a carved rooftop spear or spire or finial that adorns Kanak houses, particularly the Great Houses of the Kanak Chiefs, in New Caledonia.[1][2][3]

This is an example of such houses:

Kanak house with flèche faîtière. Tjibaou cultural center, Nouméa, New Caledonia.

Kanak house with flèche faîtière. Tjibaou cultural center, Nouméa, New Caledonia. CC-BY-SA by Fanny Schertzer.

It is interesting to compare the shape of one of these flèches as it appears in the cultural flag of the Kanak people with the plasma column instabilities and otgher petroglyphs.

Cultural flag of the Kanak community, showing a flèche faîtière (a spear-like wooden totem monument placed atop traditional dwellings)

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