photographic print(black and white)
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Photograph (black and white); a back view of a Maori ancestral male figure carving, made of wood, jute, human hair, mother-of-pearl.
Gelatin silver print
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Height: 21 centimetres
Width: 16.10 centimetres
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- The object photographed is displayed in the ground floor of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (part of Glasgow Museums).
It is an 18th Century figure brought to the U.K. in around 1780 by a midshipman named Samuel Folker and was later donated to Glasgow Museum in 1948.
There is said to be only six such Maori figures in existence, all of which predate missionary activity.
The figure has tattoo markings incised onto the face, paua shells for eyes, and human hair on its head.
- Not on display
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