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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