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Object Number: P3108
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: New Zealand
Height: 58cm
Length: 129cm
Width: 39cm
Credit Line:Purchased from W. O. Oldman, 1912
Other Number113I - Oldman Number
43a - Other Number


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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Polynesia Gallery (28 Jan 1982 - Jun 2010)View Objects in Exhibition


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

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