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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Pendant made of flax, kaka feathers, white feathers, bird skin, wool. Design of a man and a lizard is the same on the front and reverse.

  • Ethnic name

  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 254 centimetres
    • Width: 66 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Notes from Puawai Cairns 17 October 2012: The white feather behind the ear on this early figurative representation could be associated with a Taranaki group. In Taranaki, the white feather is a sign of peace. The lizard depicted could symbolise that death is close at hand, or alternatively when positioned next to a person, it could suggest that a person is not afraid of death. This example could be associated with a particular chief.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    1998 27 June-7-1 Nov, London, BM, Maori

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition notes

    Acquisition details unknown.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number



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