About this object

A fishing canoe prow carved from one piece of wood. The front has a stylised face with the tongue protruding. There is no surface decoration. There are holes in the back section, one with a length of twined fibre through it. The prow is splitting horizontally, the left cheek is chipped and there are older fractures on the base. There are also some traces of green paint inplaces.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1933 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Fibre; Technique: Carved, twined
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Irene Beasley, 1954
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    47.0 x 24.0 x 23.0 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: Taranaki, 19th century (David Simmons, October 1981). Acquired by Beasley from JFG Umlauff, 28 September 1933.
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector); Irene Marguerite Beasley ( Previous owner); J F G Umlauff ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Irene Beasley

    Owned from: 1933-09-28
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1954
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • J F G Umlauff

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1933-09-28
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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