About this object

A walking stick with a looped handle. There are two male human figures and a human face carved on the loop and top two thirds of the stick. Below this are manaia (bird-like profile heads) and koru (bulbed hook shapes) with crescent-shaped ridges on the lower third. Other surface patterns are taratara-a-kai (notched zigzags between ridges). The eyes are shell-inlaid. Other shell inlays are circles, ovals, star shapes and rectangular strips. The stick is broken in two, with some shell inlay missing.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Jacob Hebberley
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1900 about
  • Materials
    Wood; Abalone (Haliotis sp); Technique: Carved, inlaid
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Donor unknown
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    11.5 x 2.3 x 92.5 cm
  • Note
    Identified as the work of Jacob Hebberley, 1890s - very early 1900s, and a replica, not meant to be used (Roger Neich, March 1994).
  • Related people
    Jacob Hebberley ( Artist/maker)
Object view = Humanities
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