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The stars and the Frigate Bird / Nga Tohunga Waka (The Navigators)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc2006,Drg.92

  • Title (object)

    • The stars and the Frigate Bird

    Title (series)

    • Nga Tohunga Waka (The Navigators)
  • Description

    Drawing of a canoe with a white sail, above is the design of a large bird and several stars. It refers to the spiritual guardians of Polynesian navigators that may sometimes be stars or even birds. In this case the cloak has become a frigate bird. From Nga Tohunga Waka - The Navigator Series. 1993.
    Pigment ink

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  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1991
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 57 centimetres
    • Width: 77 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    One of a series of thirteen drawings and two lithographs, most of which was purchased from the artist.In the artist's own words: The various symbols within each picture do not necessarily relate to specific events or people but rather in a general way to their essence and presence. Even the specific shapes and places are abstracted enough to allow you to make your own connections with them. The ideas you take from the drawings are your own.

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  • Bibliography

    • Smith 2001 bibliographic details
    • Idiens 2005 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    Good

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased by Dorota Starzecka on behalf of the department.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc2006,Drg.92

  • Additional IDs

    • Oc2006-Drg92-For
Drawing of a canoe with a white sail, above is the design of a large bird and several stars. It refers to the spiritual guardians of Polynesian navigators that sometimes may be stars or even birds. In this case the cloak has become a frigate bird. Nga Tohunga Waka - The Navigator Series: The stars and the Frigate Bird. 1993.  Pigment ink

Drawing of a canoe with a white sail, above is the design of a large bird and several stars. It refers to the spiritual guardians of Polynesian navigators that sometimes may be stars or even birds. In this case the cloak has become a frigate bird. Nga Tohunga Waka - The Navigator Series: The stars and the Frigate Bird. 1993. Pigment ink

Reproduced by permission of the artist. © The Trustees of the British Museum

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