Arts of the Pacific Islands
18th or 19th century
6 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (16.5 x 13.3 x 13.3 cm) (show scale)
Painted in red on neck: "963"
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Friede
Wooden head with elaborate curvilinear incised moko (tattoo) marks on the entire surface of the face. The wood is a dark brown and a glossy patina. The nose, eyes, and mouth are indicated. Carved on the back of the head is a complete manaia figure in relief. The profile head of the manaia is bird-like with a beak shaped mouth and two fang-like teeth indicated. The arms are outstretched and terminate in claw-like hands with three fingers on each hand. The torso is that of a human. The thighs are feather-like in shape and the legs are in a crouched position. The head, arms, and thighs all have elaborate curvilinear incised markings.
Condition: Very good. The lower part of the left leg has been broken off. There is a drilled hole (probably for mounting) in the base of the manaia figure. There is a fairly deep square hole in the top back of the head, and a small square shaped area is also missing just above this. There are nicks and checks on the back of the head, and nicks on the manaia figure. Ex-collection (?): piece has 963 painted in red on neck.
This item is not on view
Maori. Head (Parata), 18th or 19th century. Wood, 6 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (16.5 x 13.3 x 13.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Friede, 74.124. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 74.124_bw_SL3.jpg)
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