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photographic print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc,B10.23

  • Description

    Photograph (black and white); nine Maori objects on display; a fork; several aurei (cloak pins); a heru ngapara (wooden comb); uhi (tattooing instruments); a knife; four tokotoko (walking stick, orator's aid).
    Gelatin silver print

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 19thC(late)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 15.2 centimetres
    • Width: 20.6 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        front
      • Inscription Content

        [reading from left to right, top shelf]
        PARAKUA, [illegible], made from whale bone, deposited by Capt Gilbert Mair.
        MAT PINS OR AUREI, [illegible]
        TATTOOING INSTRUMENT OR UHI, deposited by Capt Gilbert Mair.
        WOODEN COMB OR HERU NGAPARA, deposited by Capt Gilbert Mair.
        MAT PINS OR AUREI, made from [illegible], deposited by Capt Gilbert Mair.
        PAPER KNIFE, [illegible], deposited by Capt Gilbert Mair.

        [reading from left to right, bottom shelf]
        [illegible]
        CARVED WALKING STICKS OR TOKOTOKO [illegible].
      • Inscription Comment

        labels below each object
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        front
      • Inscription Content

        JM497
        Josiah Martin, Auckland [signature]
      • Inscription Comment

        photochemically inscribed & scratched into surface
  • Curator's comments

    The objects in this photograph were collected by Captain Gilbert Mair and were acquired by Auckland Museum in 1890 and displayed in a gallery.Related image: this image can also be seen in Oc,B81.6

  • Condition

    Photographic paper torn in two places.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc,B10.23

  • Additional IDs

    • 497 (Josiah Martin photographic series)
Photograph (black and white); nine Maori objects on display; a 'parakua' (fork) mat pins; comb; tattooing instruments; paper knife; walking sticks;
Gelatin silver print

Photograph (black and white); nine Maori objects on display; a 'parakua' (fork) mat pins; comb; tattooing instruments; paper knife; walking sticks; Gelatin silver print

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