Collections: Arts of the Pacific Islands: Canoe Prow (Tauihu)

  • 1st Floor
    Arts of Africa, Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden
  • 2nd Floor
    Arts of Asia and the Islamic World
  • 3rd Floor
    Egyptian Art, European Paintings
  • 4th Floor
    Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
  • 5th Floor
    Luce Center for American Art

On View: The Council of War

This sculptural group was a memorial to Abraham Lincoln and the recent war, and was marketed as such to a wide audience of upper-middle-clas...

Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Hiroshige's 118 woodblock landscape and genre scenes of mid-nineteenth-century Tokyo, is one of the greatest achievements of Japanese art.

    On View: Vase

    After training as a painter with his father, Charles Volkmar continued his studies in France. There he became fascinated with the effects of...

     

    Want to add this object to a set? Please join the Posse, or log in.

    close

    53.149.1.jpg 53.149.1_acetate_bw.jpg

    Canoe Prow (Tauihu)

    • Culture: Maori
    • Medium: Wood, shell
    • Geographical Locations:
    • Dates: 1850-1870
    • Dimensions: 12 5/8 x 21 5/8 x 40 15/16 in. (32.0 x 55.0 x 104.0 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Arts of the Pacific Islands
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 53.149.1
    • Credit Line: Gift of Princess Gourielli (Mme. Helena Rubinstein)
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Maori. Canoe Prow (Tauihu), 1850-1870. Wood, shell, 12 5/8 x 21 5/8 x 40 15/16 in. (32.0 x 55.0 x 104.0 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Princess Gourielli (Mme. Helena Rubinstein), 53.149.1. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: 3/4 front, 53.149.1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: This canoe prow of a river boat is carved from four pieces of wood: one piece is at the front of the object with a curved long neck that ends in a carved face; a second and third are two separate side boards nailed to the front piece; and a fourth is a small floor board nailed within the second and third pieces near the front. There are holes in the boards probably for lashings: four in the top of the front piece, two on each side of the long curved neck, five in one side board, and six in the other. The face, which is attached to the curved neck of the prow, has a sculpted triangular forehead with a sharp front ridge joining the nose's flared nostrils. The eyes of shell are mounted on pegs and surrounded by semi-lunar areas of carved scroll designs. The open, heart-shaped mouth is decorated with scrolls and has a long triangular tongue extending out from it. Condition: Fair. There are chips on the tip of the tongue, sides at top of the head, and in shell inlays of the eyes. Overall, there are numerous cracks and nicks in the wood of the object. There are two repairs on the face: the first is a diagonal crack going across the right eye to the nose and continuing below the left eye; and the second is one crack going from the back of the neck to the prow, through the lower half of the face, and through the middle of the mouth.
    • Record Completeness: Good (75%)
    advanced 108,019 records currently online.

    Separate each tag with a space: painting portrait.

    Or join words together in one tag by using double quotes: "Brooklyn Museum."




    Please review the comment guidelines before posting.

    Before you comment...

    We get a lot of comments, so before you post yours, check to see if your issue is addressed by one of the questions below. Click on a question to see our answer:

    Why are some objects not on view?

    The Museum’s permanent collections are very large and only a fraction of these can be on exhibition at any given time. Sometimes works are lent to other museums for special exhibitions; sometimes they are in the conservation laboratory for study or maintenance. Certain types of objects, such as watercolors, textiles, and photographs, are sensitive to light and begin to fade if they are exposed for too long, so their exhibition time is limited. Finally, as large as the Museum is, there is not enough room to display everything in the collections. In order to present our best works, collections are rotated periodically.

    How do I find out how much an object in the Brooklyn Museum collections is worth?

    The Museum does not disclose the monetary values of objects in its collections.

    Can you tell me the value of an artwork that I own?

    The Museum does not provide monetary appraisals. To determine the value of an object or to find an appraiser, you may contact the Art Dealers Association of America or the American Society of Appraisers.

    I own a similar object. Can you tell me more about it?

    Please submit via e-mail a photograph of the object you own and as much information about it as you can, and we will provide any additional information we are able to find. Please note that research in our files is a lengthy process, and you may not have a response for some time.

    How would I go about lending or gifting a work to the Museum or seeing if the Museum is interested in purchasing a work that I own?

    Please submit via e-mail a photograph of the object you would like us to consider, as well as all of the information you have about it, and your offer will be forwarded to the appropriate curator. The Brooklyn Museum collections are very rich, and we have many works that are not currently on exhibition; because of this, and because storage space is limited, we are very selective about adding works. However, the collection has become what it is today through the generosity of the public, and we continue to be grateful for this generosity, which can still lead to exciting new acquisitions.

    How can I get a reproduction of a work in your collection?

    Please see the Museum’s information on Image Services.

    How can I show my work to someone at the Museum or be considered for an exhibition?

    Please see the Museum’s Artist Submission Guidelines.

    Why do many objects not have photographs and/or complete descriptions?

    The Museum's collection is very large, and we are constantly in the process of adding photographs and descriptions to works that do not currently have them, or replacing photographs that have deteriorated beyond use and descriptions that are minimal or out of date. This is a long and expensive process that takes time.

    How can I find a conservator or get advice on how to treat my artwork?

    Please visit the American Institute for Conservation, which has a feature on how to find a conservator.

    I have a comment or question which is not included in this list.

    Join the posse or log in to work with our collections. Your tags, comments and favorites will display with your attribution.