Carving card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum Liverpool

Carving

51.68.140

On display

A wooden humanoid figure, in the style of a gable ornament for a meeting house. The figure is carved from a flat rectangle. It has its three-fingered hands placed on its stomach with fingers touching and a plain pointed tongue protruding to the right side from a beaked mouth. The round eyes are shell-inlaid discs. The surface decoration is based on rauponga (several parallel ridges and grooves with a notched ridge in between), which form a 'v' shape on the chest and ovals at the shoulders, knees, feet and corners of the mouth. There are traces of red pigment in the haehae (grooves).