Fishing Canoe Prow

Fishing Canoe Prow


Wood with haliotis (pearl) shell inlay

Overall: 35.3 cm (13 7/8 in.)

The Mary Spedding Milliken Memorial Collection, Gift of William Mathewson Milliken 1967.231



Intricate surface patterning characterizes Maori wood carvings. The swirls and spirals covering the face on this canoe prow replicate traditional facial tattoo patterns. Similar designs were used for post and gable figures that adorned both dwellings and compounds.

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