Architecture; Carving


About this object

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.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Architecture; Religion
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1932 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Technique: Carved
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    19.5 x 12.0 x 50.0 cm
  • 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).
  • Related people
    Fosters (Previous owner); Harry Stow (Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1932-10-21
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Fosters

    Owned from: 1932-10-21
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1932-10-21
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Harry Stow

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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