Feb 5, 2020
Feb 5, 2020

Door Lintel (Pare)

Door Lintel (Pare)

1800s

Wood, pigment

Overall: 35 x 75.6 cm (13 3/4 x 29 3/4 in.)

The Mary Spedding Milliken Memorial Collection, Gift of William Mathewson Milliken 1962.350

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Two guardian spirits (manaia) flank the central deity figure of this lintel (pare).

Description

In the past, a lintel (pare) was placed over the entryway of Māori meeting houses, which are sacred structures. Thus, the visitor passed under the lintel’s central deity figure, often a female but here of unclear sex. To either side is an animal-like guardian spirit (manaia) shown in profile and facing outward; look for the feet grasping the lintel’s borders.

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