About this object

A wooden gable peak mask for a meeting house carved from a rectangular piece of wood with a slightly concave back. The beaked mouth has two tongues protruding to each side and carved with large shallow grooves. The large, circular eyes are shell-inlaid discs. The surface carving includes a large plain grooved double spiral on the forehead and two others at the corners of the mouth, and rauponga (several parallel ridges and grooves with a notched ridge in between).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Architecture; Religion
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1924 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
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    25.0 x 10.0 x 39.5 cm
  • Note
    May originally have been part of a house post according to museum records. A meeting house symbolises an important local ancestor, and his or her face is shown on the front as the koruru. Attribution: Bay of Plenty, about 1900 (Roger Neich, March 1994). Acquired by Beasley at Glendining's Auction Rooms, 24 January 1924, Lot 132.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Marguerite Beasley ( Previous owner); Glendining and Co Ltd ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1924-01-24
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Glendining and Co Ltd

    Owned from: 1924-01-24
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1924-01-24
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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