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Door Lintel

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Object Number:
P3111A
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Maori
Provenience:
New Zealand
Section:
Oceanian
Materials:
Wood
Description:
Carved wooden board. From Maori house. part of a window or door frame. The carving shows the figure of a human being at the right, conventionalized into a grotesque in characteristic Maori style. The head is kept vertical in spite of the horizontal posture of the body. One three-fingered hand rests upon the middle of the body; two fingers of the other hand are placed at the corner of the mouth; the third finger is reduced to a mere knob. The tongue protrudes from the other corner of the mouth. 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. At the left is a bird-headed monster. The folded legs with their hip spirals, one arm with a shoulder spiral and the characteristic three-fingered hand appear clearly. The eye was formerly inlaid with haiolis shell. In Ngati Porou style. made with steel tools, c. 1880.
Credit Line:
Purchased from W. O. Oldman
Other Number:
25900   -   Oldman Number

Bibliography:

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