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A Superb Old Maori Carved Meeting House Panel, New Zealand Circa1860s

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Size Height 184cm x Width 58cm
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A Superb Old Maori Carved Meeting House Panel, New Zealand Circa 1860s

This large and superbly carved interior Meeting House Panel or pou pou, is carved in the form of a powerful ancestor figure in high relief. Made from a single piece of hardwood and still retains the original paua shell eyes. The style is from the North Island of New Zealand and dated to circa 1860 by the late Dr Roger Neich Maori Art Expert at the Auckland Museum.  The panel pou pou refer to the whakapapa or genealogy of the tribe.

Provenance: Ex Plowwright Collection UK

Ex Sotheby’s  Paris December 5th  2005 Lot 32

Exhibited: Oceanic Art Pacifica: Casula Power House Gallery, Oct-Dec 2014

The Todd Barlin Collection of Oceanic Polynesian Art


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