About this object

A stern post (taurapa) for a model canoe. A flat, roughly rectangular, piece of wood with pierced work based on spirals (pitau) and two manaia with elongated bodies in the main section. The main surface decoration is rauponga. The top section is broken at the rear. Some shell inlay is missing from the manaia eyes.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Model
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1926 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Abalone (Haliotis sp); Technique: Carved, inlaid
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    34.0 x 10.0 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: Gisborne, 19th century (David Simmons, October 1981); a bit later, early 20th century (Roger Neich, March 1994).

    Acquired by Beasley at Glendining's Auction Rooms, 22 February 1926, from the Lieutenant-Colonel Gaskell collection.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); Lt Col Gaskell (Previous owner); Glendining and Co Ltd (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1926-02-22
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Glendining and Co Ltd

    Owned from: 1926-02-22
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1926-02-22
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Lt Col Gaskell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1926-02-22
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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