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Carved door lintel, pare, made of wood with haliotis shell inlay. Central figure with double tongue, hands on hips, unsexed, flanked by small manaia figures; large terminal manaia. All figures with notched haliotis-shell eyes. Surface decoration of spirals, rauponga, whakarare, pakura and taratara-a-kai. Bands of rauponga on solid base with manaia head at each end.
- Production date
- 1860s (opinion of Roger Neich)
Height: 30.50 centimetres
Width: 94 centimetres
Depth: 3.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Information from Pacific Art in Detail: This meeting-house lintel represents a god or founding ancestor figure in the centre, flanked by several 'manaia' figures, usually thought of as guardian figures, with stylized human, bird or reptilian features.
This lintel is an important marker of transition between realms as it was fitted above the doorway of a meeting-house. The meeting-house is the site of key events in the social and spiritual life of the community. It is also the embodiment of an ancestor: the ridge pole is the ancestor's spine, the rafters the ribe. The meeting-house's threshold is an important place that materialize the transition between the world outside (a place of everyday activities and conflicts) into a sacred space (a domain of peace and conflict resolution). At the threshold between these two realms, people pass under a god or ancestor.
Information from Starzecka, Neich & Pendergrast 2010, no.135:
Comments: Hawke’s Bay, 1860s (RN). References: Barrow 1969: fig. 70; Barrow 1984: 38; Joyce 1928: 103–4, pl. lxviiib; Simmons 1985: 161, fig. 132; Simmons 1997: 42; Simmons 2001: 93.
- On display (G24/dc1)
- Exhibition history
1981 Middlesborough, Cook Birthplace Museum
1998 27 June-7-1 Nov, London, BM, Maori
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- Acquisition notes
- Register information: 'Given by Mrs M. Reid. Collected by Capt. J.P. Luce R.N., the donor's father, when in command of H.M.S. Esk, and brought to England in 1867'
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