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Wood (totara) lintel, carved in openwork, with high relief carving on one side, painted black, with some elements of carving outlined in red. In centre standing female figure, right arm raised to face, four-fingered left hand on left hip; on each side of central figure one large-headed figure in profile, with openwork intertwined curvilinear carving in between, similar carving at each end. All three figures have haliotis-shell inlaid eyes and surface ornamentation of spirals and motifs of curved parallel lines; similar ornamentation on border enclosing composition. Back surface with adze marks and inscription in pencil "Totara" on small section of exposed bare wood.
- Production date
Height: 19 centimetres
Thickness: 4 centimetres
Width: 66 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Starzecka, Neich and Pendergrast 2010
1994 oc.4.97. Width 66 cm.
Wooden openwork lintel, painted black, with some features picked in red. Central female figure with domed head, flanked on each side by very large manaia with solid body. Haliotis-shell eyes in all figures; surface ornamentation of pakura and unaunahi.
Provenance: Collected in the field.
Comments: Purchased from Mataeo Art Gallery, Auckland; carved by Harry Wikaira of Nga Puhi - Ngati Whatua. Contemporary art.
See Eth.Doc.1051 (field no.98).
Photographs (slides and prints) in Departmental Photo Archives.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1998 27 June-7-1 Nov, London, BM, Maori
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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