About this object

Stern post (taurapa) for a model canoe. A long, curved rectangular piece of wood with a central section pierced at intervals by rectangles, joined by groups of pakati. There are five double spirals each side of this together with long oval sections of ridges and pakati. The base of the post has a tiki head and two manaia, one on each side. Traces of red and black paint remain on the carving. The base is broken.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    Before 1908
  • Materials
    Wood; Paint (Red); Paint (Black); Technique: Carved, painted
  • 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
    50.0 x 8.5 x 12.0 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: East Coast, 19th century (David Simmons, 1981).

    Acquired by Beasley from S Fenton, 22 October 1908.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley (Collector); Irene Beasley (Previous owner); S Fenton (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1908-10-22
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • S Fenton

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1908-10-22
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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