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Carved face

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Even though this enigmatic face is reminiscent of a mask, the Maori did not wear masks, nor did other Polynesians. In fact, this carving was originally attached to a horizontal handle with a smaller head at the other end. The complete object may have been a bird perch, net holder, ritual object,...

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Provenance

1938, acquired in Cheltenham, England, by James Thomas Hooper (b. 1897 - d. 1971). May, 1981, sold by the Galerie Montbrison, Paris, to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1994, gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 1995)

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

Maori peoples, Aotearoa, New Zealand, 19th–20th century

Dimensions

15.24 cm (6 in.)

Accession Number

1994.399

Medium or Technique

Wood, haliotis shell

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture