Canoe Bow Piece
|Current Location:||Collections Storage|
|Credit Line:||Purchased from W. O. Oldman, 1912|
Canoe bow piece. This carved bow piece for a Maori war canoe is of a style that features two large pierced scrolls and, at the front, a human figure with tongue protruding and arms thrown back. Sticking out the tongue was (and is) a Maori gesture of defiance. According to Maori tradition, New Zealand ( Aotearoa ) was settled by a fleet of seagoing canoes. A tribal group might refer to itself as a waka (canoe), meaning that the members of the group were descended from the crew of a particular, named canoe. The Maori war canoe ( waka taua ) was not only a vessel used to transport warriors, but a sacred symbol of the village that built it. The waka taua was also seen as a manifestation of the collective body and spirit of the ancestors and of the power ( mana ) transmitted from them to the community.
Current & Past Exhibitions:
|Discovering the Past: Highlights from the University Museum (IBM) (20 Jun 1989 - 20 Aug 1989)||View Objects in Exhibition|
|[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. 219||View Objects related to this Actual Citation|
|[Article] Hall, Henry U. 1935. "Maori War Canoe Ornaments". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 5. no. 5. pg. 55-59 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 56||View Objects related to this Actual Citation|
|[Article] Hall, Henry U. 1920. "Maori Wood Carving and Moko". The Museum Journal. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 11. no. 4. pg. 212-244 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 226||View Objects related to this Actual Citation|
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