About this object

A wooden gable peak mask for a meeting house carved from a rectangular piece of wood with a round disc extension at the bottom. The beaked mouth has a split tongue joined at the tip. The eyes have central pegs for the attachment of shell inlays (missing) and are set into diagonally-slanting ellipses of ridges and long pakati (dog's-tooth notches). The surface carving also includes a large plain grooved double spiral on the disc below the tongue, and three others slightly smaller, one on the forehead and two at the corners of the mouth. There are rauponga (several parallel ridges and grooves with a notched ridge in between) and haehae (grooves) on the forehead, nose, around the mouth and on the tongue. On the forehead they form two 'horn' shapes and a round ellipse in the center. There are also two simple flat raised discs, one on each cheek. There are two hooks joined by wire on the top at the back. Traces of black and white paint remain in the haehae (grooves).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Architecture; Religion
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1907 before
  • Materials
    Carved; Black paint; White paint; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    40.0 x 6.0 x 75.0 cm
  • Note
    A meeting house symbolises an important local ancestor, and his or her face is shown on the front as the koruru. Attributions: East Coast, about 1880 (David Simmons, October 1981); East Coast about 1890-1900 (Roger Neich, March 1994). Acquired by Beasley from S Fenton, 7 August 1907, from Stevens' Auction Rooms, Hyams sale.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Marguerite Beasley ( Previous owner); S Fenton ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Marguerite Beasley

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1907-08-07
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • S Fenton

    Owned from: 1907-08-07
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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