Maori war canoe bailer (tiheru or tata),...

Lot 66
35 000 - 50 000 €
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Result : 63 638 €

Maori war canoe bailer (tiheru or tata),...

Maori war canoe bailer (tiheru or tata), New Zealand
H. 18.5 in - W. 9.4 in

Provenance:
- Collection StephenKellner, Sydney
- Collection Raymond Wielgus, Chicago
- Art Institute of Chicago
- Collection privée, New York

Large scoop with a cylindrical grip engraved with a protective manaia pattern at the top. The base of the item has a tongue sticking out of the mouth and eyes decorated with the same curls and curves that appear on Maori boat bows and sterns. The sacred nature of the piece (essential to the warriors' survival in stormy seas) explains the protective designs such as the manaia, the bird man spirit, battling negative forces, and intercessors between the worlds of the living and the dead. This type of piece is particularly rare in private collections and pops up in some museums such as the National Museum of New Zealand in Wellington which has a very similar piece (ME. 590) described as the Te Huringa I period (see Te Maori, page 206). The Ngati Porou style is typical of productions from the Gisborne Region on the North Island's north east coast and appeared in the early 19th century.1972.450 is painted white under the piece; RW 69-288 is painted red.
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