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Samoan Material Culture

Figure 63.—Mark of Le Malama guild of builders ('aso manga lua):

Figure 63.—Mark of Le Malama guild of builders ('aso manga lua):

Figure 63.—Mark of Le Malama guild of builders ('aso manga lua):

a, the forked rafter was seen in the right, rounded end section not far from the junction with the middle section, and was placed above the middle arch (1) between two intermediate purlins (2). The short limb on the right had been cut at a slant and lashed to the full length rafter on the left. The short limb was spaced to the proper distance and then run down parallel with the other to the curb plate as an ordinary rafter, b, Shows the lower ends of the middle thatch rafters finished off with a length in which two rafters were cut out of one piece with wooden connections left between them. The double rafter passed directly over the middle wall post of the right end section. c, Shows details of (b). On the lower solid part, two rectangular pieces had been cut out leaving three cross connections between the two rafters. On the upper and lower cross pieces, stars with four points had been cut out, but they have no significance beyond ornamentation of a modern type.