Polynesian Tattoo Symbols & Meanings – Marquesan Cross

Sample showing the Polynesian Marquesan cross symbol and its variations.

Marquesan cross is another symbol which is quite popular and widely used in many Polynesian tattoo designs. It’s often used to symbolize balance between elements and harmony. Its origin is unknown but some archeological study shows that it’s connected to turtle shell.

It’s sometimes confused with variation or stylization of lizard symbols. A method to distinguish them is finding out whether the symbol has “tail” and “head”.

Below are several design and photo samples of practical application of Marquesan cross in tattoos.


Polynesian Tattoo Design - Marquesan Cross Sample

Polynesian tattoo photo sample 1 with a Marquesan cross.

Polynesian tattoo photo sample 2 which shows a highlighted Marquesan cross .


  1. Muchas gracias por la información!!! me estaba costando muchisimo encontrar los significados de estos simbolos.

  2. Thanks for this site it’s really helping me in finding inspiration.