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Tomb figure, wood, male, black with hands on stomarch, erect penis, naturalistic face with weathred traces of painted tattoo; square-cut holes near ears and around head for decoration, nails in head to hold feathers. Flange at back, support post cut off below feet.
- Production date
Height: 110 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Extract from letter to BM from E. Hodgson, 11 March 1850:
'It is from the grave of Warepori [Wharepouri], a chief of the Nga-te-Awa [Te Ati Awa], a tribe inhabiting the shores of Cooks' Straits and the neighbourhood of Port Nicholson. Dr Dieffenbach in describing similar images remarks 'they are intended as portraits of the deceased'. Mr Brees in describing the spot from which the image was taken speaks of it as the 'effigy' of Warepori, from which I assume that it is a rude attempt to represent the features of the chief and has so far a more strict ethnological value.'
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1998 27 Jun-1 Nov, London, BM, Maori
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number