About this object

A shovel-shaped wood baler with a rounded base and a handle projecting inwards. A humanoid face is carved on the handle and double spirals on the lip at the handle end. All carved decoration is quite simple in broad grooves.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Transport; Fake
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1951 before
  • Materials
    Wood Cedar (Cedrus libani or deodarus); Technique: Carved
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    26.0 x 7.0 x 46.5 cm
  • Note
    That this is a replica is strongly suggested by its style, and by wood analysis; it is made from cedar from either the eastern Mediterranean or the Himalayas.
  • Related people


Previous owners

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