RI 28.18

About this object

A straight-sided woodcarver's mallet made from whalebone, with a flattened rounded cross section and a much more rounded handle. There is a carved humanoid tiki head with slanting eyes at the end of the handle and a straight-sided round hole through it . The other (striking) end has the remains of a label.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1894 before
  • Materials
    Bone Whale; Technique: Carved, drilled
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Liverpool Royal Institution, from a loan in 1894
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    6.0 x 3.0 x 36.0 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: Gisborne, 1840 (David Simmons, October 1981); 1870s, 1880s (Roger Neich, March 1994). May have been collected on the voyages of Captain Cook, see Adrienne L. Kaeppler (1974: 85, plate 4c), Cook voyage provenance of the 'Artificial Curiosities' of Bullock's Museum, Man 9:1. Possibly purchased by Wm Swainson at Bullock's sale June 4 Lot 4 (2 New Zealand patu of bone & 1 of wood).
  • Related people
    Liverpool Royal Institution ( Previous owner)

Explore related


  • Cook voyage provenance of the 'Artificial Curiosities' of Bullock's Museum

    Kaeppler, Adrienne L

    Author: Kaeppler, Adrienne L
    Date: 1974


Previous owners

  • Liverpool Royal Institution

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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