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Canoe made of wood decorated with a pattern of shell inlay. The shell inlay includes the words 'Rakahanga' and 'Maui'.
Height: 70 centimetres
Length: 468 centimetres
Width: 61 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Illustrated in Haddon and Hornell, 'Canoes of Oceania', p.177-8, figs.113 and 114.
This appears to be the canoe purchased by the British Museum in 1907. A letter from Captain Percy Atkin (in the Department of Prehistory and Europe) dated 20 July 1907 says: 'The canoe was made by the people of Rakahanga ...It is built of the only three woods grown in the island (Tomanu, Tou, & Kauariki) inlaid with pearl-shell, & bound together with rope of coconut fibre locally made.'
The outrigger part of the canoe was not collected.
- Not on display
- Acquisition notes
- Acquisition details unknown.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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