Architecture; Carving

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Description: A rectangular wooden post carved in the half-round with a flat back. The post takes the form of larger beaked humanoid figure holding a smaller (female) figure by the knees, with the top of its head in mouth in the larger figure's mouth. The larger figure has three-fingered hands and three-toed feet. The surface decoration includes plain grooved double spirals on the smaller figure's stomach and shoulders and the larger figure's shoulders, and rauponga (several parallel ridges and grooves with a notched ridge in between). There is a metal hook on the back.

Place collected: not recorded
Date collected: not recorded
Measurements: 19.5 x 12.0 x 50.0 cm
Type: Architecture; Religion

Note: Attribution: Arawa, 1870 (David Simmons, October 1981); Arawa, about 1890 (Roger Neich, March 1994). Acquired by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum at Foster's Auction Rooms on 21 October 1932, Lot 214/20 (Mr Stow).
Accession no: 51.68.139
Other number(s): 123421 [Accession Number]

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