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Gable Figure (Tekoteko)

Arts of the Pacific Islands

MEDIUM Wood, paua shell, pigment
DATES ca. 1850-1860
DIMENSIONS 12 3/8 x 2 1/2 x 2 in. (31.4 x 6.4 x 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
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CAPTION Maori (Rongowhakaata). Gable Figure (Tekoteko), ca. 1850-1860. Wood, paua shell, pigment, 12 3/8 x 2 1/2 x 2 in. (31.4 x 6.4 x 5.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, 03.216. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 03.216_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 03.216_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Small carved wooden figure with shell eyes and elaborate carved decoration. Colored with black paint, with traces of granular red and white pigment. The object is in good condition. An angled crack (2" long) is in the figure's stomach, beginning at the proper right hand and traveling through the penis. The proper right forearm is cracked. A crack (1" long) is on the proper left cheek at the jaw. A crack (1/2" long) is at the proper right side of the mouth. Two cracks are found at the proper right armpit. A cracked area is found at the proper right side of the head (1" long), above the eye. Two cracks (each 1/2" long) are on the proper left temple. A crack (1/2" long) is found at the top of the buttocks. All cracks are stable (Jan 1994).
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