About this object

A hollow bone cut straight across at each end, with carved decoration. One end has a humanoid tiki face with the tongue protruding downwards, and slanting eyes. Pakati (dog's-tooth notches) form the eyebrows and another 'v' shape at the back of the head. A row of pakati and two grooves are carved around the bottom edge.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1933 before
  • Materials
    Bone; Technique: Carved
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    1.6 x 1.5 x 10.5 cm
  • Note
    Probably made for sale. Acquired by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum from Monsieur Chocqueel, 19 May 1933.
  • Related people
    Chocqueel Mons ( Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1933-05-19
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Chocqueel Mons

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1933-05-19
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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