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Object Number:P3223
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Maori
Provenience: New Zealand
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Shell
Height: 137.16 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from the J. C. Stevens Auction Rooms, 1912
Other Number:44A - Dealer's Number

Description

Model canoe stern post. Elaborately carved and pierced. Dealer's label: "Taurapa sternpost." A small model carved with steel tools in the Whanganui style. Two ribs with a head at the tip, a small figurine at the base. Decoration in the ribs is two intertwined lines with pakati in the ovals between them. Purchased at auction from J. C. Stevens, London, on April 16, 1912. The catalogue description reads as follows:"Taurapa, a carved stern post of a canoe having the figure of the storm god Paikea on its upper end, and another figure called Puhi-Kai-Ariki, which looks into the canoe. These designs are always conventional and the Maori artist would consider it Aitua, or ill omen, to depart from pattern designed by his ancestors."


Current & Past Exhibitions:

What In the World TV Program (01 Jan 1952 - 31 Dec 1952) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] Hall, H. U. 1920. "Maori Wood Carving and Moko".. Vol. XI. no. No. 4. pg. 212-244 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 224View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Wingert, Paul S., and Linton, Ralph. 1946. Arts of the South Seas.. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p.54View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Simmons, D. R. 1982. Catalogue of Maori Artefacts in the Museums of Canada and the United States of America.. Auckland. Bulletin of the Auckland Institute and Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pl. 218View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Auction] 16 Apr 1912. MAORI Weapons, Implements, Ornaments, Robes to be sold at the Auction Rooms of Mr. J. .C. STEVENS.. London. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 6, No. 3 ; p. 11, Lot 44aView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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