- Museum number
Carved deity image made of wood, sinnet rope, marine shells, human hair.
Length: 239 centimetres
Width: 43 centimetres
Depth: 12.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- British Museum registration slip, written in 1890?
Hervey Group. [Mangaia]
Idol formed of a tall staff of light wood coloured red, the head represents three figures with spikes projecting above and below, the whole length is furnished with groups of carved barbs pointing up & down with three human figures at intervals. The design of the two sides is similar. From the head hangs a coarse sinnet rope to which are fastened large marine shells & human hair.
438-693 an idol with curved spines - shell & human hair from Mangaia
LMS Cat. 96. A long carved wooden idol, beset with curved spines and having six small heads at top: large spider shells are also suspended from it. Hervey or Navigators' Islands.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1911C27.41 (old CDMS no.)
Miscellaneous number: Oc1890,Loan (originally loaned to BM in 1890 by LMS)