About this object

Humanoid figure carved in wood in the half-round. It has its three-fingered hands placed on its stomach and a beaked mouth with broad protruding tongue. The eyes are round and the left eye is shell-inlaid. The surface decoration is rauponga (several parallel ridges and grooves with a notched ridge in between) on the legs and taratara-a-kai (notched zigzags between ridges) on the chest and head.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tourist Item
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1934 before
  • Materials
    Wood; Abalone (Haliotis sp); Technique: Carved, inlaid
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Newbury Museum, Berkshire, 1955
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    4.8 x 2.5 x 13.2 cm
  • Note
    Attribution: Early tourist piece, not in any particular style. Not much earlier than 1934 (Roger Neich, March 1994). Acquired by Newbury Museum from G Sherriff, 1934.
  • Related people
    Newbury Museum ( Previous owner); G Sherriff ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Newbury Museum

    Owned from: 1934
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1955
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • G Sherriff

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1934
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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