Tatara, pirogue from Orchid Island

Built in around 1970, on Orchid Island off the coast of Taiwan, this fishing boat for flying fish, known as a Tatara, has colourful, sculpted decoration, featuring chevrons, scrolls and suns in white, red and black. The geometric designs at the ends are the boat’s eyes.

The silhouettes with scrolls show “Magomaog”, a legendary character who is said to have taught the Yamei the art of boat-building. Decorated with feathers, the ornaments that we see on the prow were only attached for ceremonies.

A quai

À quai, la collection permanente du Port-musée se déploie sur 1 500 m2, consacrés à l’histoire de l’évolution du territoire, aux savoir-faire des marins et charpentiers et au quotidien des femmes et des hommes. Plus d’une vingtaine de bateaux sont présentés, conçus pour le travail ou la plaisance, de la pirogue rudimentaire au yacht raffiné : ils illustrent la multiplicité des navires du monde entier.

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