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    Maori (New Zealand)
    Main Structural Elements of a Maori Façade
    Wood (totara), abalone shell (paua), white shell, nails
    Dimensions: Barge boards (maihi) Length:104 ¾ inches Width: 8 ¾ inches Depth: 1 1/16 inches
    Length:106 inches Width: 8 1/8 inches Depth: 1 3/8 inches
    Uprights (amo) Height: 67 ½ inches Width: 9 inches Depth: 2 ¾ inches
    Height: 67 inches Width: 9 inches Depth: 3 1/16 inches
    Finial Head (koruru) Height: 13 ¾ inches Width: 7 5/8 inches Depth: 3 inches

    While Maori pre-European house carvings are relatively small in size, those of the post-European period become larger, growing throughout the mid and later nineteenth century. Metal tools were instrumental, enabling as well increasingly elaborate relief surface decoration. This ensemble is given by the source to the East Coast of the North Island, the Ngati Porou tribe. Traditionally the elaborate houses were used as dwellings for hereditary chiefs and their immediate families. Some of the later, larger houses functioned as meeting houses.
    "Houses of superior types were designed with a certain symbolism in mind, representing the body of a tribal ancestor. The ridge was the backbone, the rafters the ribs, the slanting façade boards his outstretched arms, while a pinnacle mask was the ancestor's face " (Terence Barrow. An Illustrated Guide to Maori Art. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1984, p.66).
    There is general age and use wear, both to the wood and to the shell inlays, with two shell inlays missing. There is an old metal-brace repair (on back) on the slightly longer barge board.

    Provenance:
    Chris Boylan, Sydney
    Greg LaChapelle, Santa Fe
    Gary Hendershott, Little Rock



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    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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