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Canoe Bow Piece

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New Zealand
Wooden prow of war canoe. Board-like central portion (manaia) resting on a supine figure, probably that of Maui, the hero who fished up North Island from the sea bottom. It consists of a highly conventionalized human figure between two spirals (pitau). Figure looking into the boat is known as Hauki. The winged forward figure is a sea monster. A brass plate declaring it to be "relic of Maori invasion of Queen Charlotte Sound" has been removed.
Credit Line:
Purchased from W. O. Oldman
Other Number:
113I   -   Oldman Number
43a   -   Other Number

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Polynesia Gallery (28 Jan 1982 - Jun 2010)
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[Article] Hall, H. U. 1935. "Maori War Canoe Ornaments". The University Museum Bulletin. 5 (5): pp. 55-59. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 56
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[Article] Davidson, Daniel S. The Oceanic Collections of the University Museum. The University Museum Bulletin. 12 (3-4) : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 89
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[Catalogue] Simmons, D. R. 1982. Catalogue of Maori Artefacts in the Museums of Canada and the United States of America. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pl. 220
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[Book] Linton, Ralph & Wingert, Paul S. 1946. Arts of the South Seas. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 55
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