University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: P3111A
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Maori
Provenience: New Zealand
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Length: 110cm
Width: 22cm
Credit Line:Purchased from W. O. Oldman, 1912
Other Number25900 - Oldman Number

Description

Carved wooden board. From Maori house: part of a window or door frame. The carving shows the figures of two human beings, their heads (at the two ends of the board) kept vertical in spite of the horizontal posture of the bodies. In each case, one three-fingered hand rests upon the middle of the body and two fingers of the other hand are placed at the corner of the mouth, the tongue protruding. The shoulders and hips are marked by spirals. This is a feature of the tattooing on which is also based the elaborate carving of the face. The legs are represented only by their extremities, juxtaposed to the hip spirals. In Ngati Porou style. Made with steel tools, c. 1880.


Bibliography:

[Article] Hall, H. U. 1920. "Maori Wood Carving and Moko". : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 227, 229View 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. 231View Objects cited in this Publication

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