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Large carved wooden model of a raised storehouse. Front wall with frontal koruru figure and all flanking manaia ornamented with taratara-a-kai, narrow strips of unaunahi each side of door opening; maihi with takarangi spiral, whale body and four manaia, surface in taratara-a-kai; amo with manaia in taratara-a-kai; paepae with central wheku face flanked by manaia, all with rauponga, unaunahi strip above; tekoteko as standing wheku figure above koruru head; side walls with manaia and spirals, all in rauponga; back wall with two frontal wheku figures above two smaller koruru figures, flanked by manaia, with two manaia above, all with rauponga, with some taratara-a-kai. Major figures with haliotis shell eyes, many missing, except for back wall where eyes are painted white. Badly preserved straw/raupo reed? roof thatching.
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Height: 214 centimetres (highest part side wall)
- Curator's comments
95 Plate 20
Model storehouse, pataka
1933.7-8.1; parts: Oc1972 Q.117a (paepae); Oc1972 Q.117b (maihi); Oc1972 Q.117c (maihi); Oc1981 Q.1432 (back wall); Oc1981 Q1433 (front wall); Oc1981 Q.1434 (sidewall); Oc1981 Q.1435 (side wall); Oc1981 Q.1440 (amo); Oc981 Q.1441 (amo); Oc1981 Q. 1442 (tekoteko); Oc981 Q.1917a–d (legs); Oc1981 Q.1918a–h (planks); Oc1982 Q.742-3 (thatching). Lengths 190, 150 and 146 cm (paepae, maihi, maihi); heights 125 and 120 cm (back wall, front wall); lengths 213 and 214 cm (side wall, side wall); heights 56, 55, 63 and 65 cm (amo, amo, tekoteko, legs); lengths 90 cm (planks).
Comments: Carved by Tene Waitere, probably between 1905 and 1910, for Maggie Papakura’s model Maori village in Clontarf, Sydney, then shipped to London for George V’s coronation celebrations in 1911.
Comments: Arawa, 1860s (RN); Bay of Plenty, 1860–80 (DRS).
Donations book entry says: 'Probably late 19th century'.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1998 27 Jun-1 Nov, London, BM, Maori
- Associated events
- Associated Event: George V coronation celebration in London 1911
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- Acquisition notes
- Starzecka 2010:16-17 states:
'This storehouse was presented to the Museum without any documentation in 1933 by Mrs Todd. At some stage it was disassembled, and during the 1970s inventory its individual parts were given Q numbers. In 1990 these were eventually identified by Roger Neich as forming a complete storehouse, carved by Tene Waitere, with a known history'.
'It was carved in 1910 for a model Maori village erected in Clontarf, Sydney, under the leadership of Maggie Papakura, the well-known Rotorua guide (she was the Duchess's guide during the 1901 visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York to New Zealand) and Maori scholar. The village was later shipped to London for the Coronation of George V in 1911...where it was included in the Coronation Exhibition in White City and the Festival of Empire in Crystal Palace, both exhibitions concurrent from May until October'.
Likely acquired by members of the Gray family sometime after 1911 through their business interests, which included New Zealand. Mrs Todd was a beneficiary of the will of Miss Bethia Aitken Gray who died in 1933 and her husband Captain Alfred John Kennett was one of the executor's of Miss Gray's will.
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