Door lintel (Pare or Korupe)
Arts of the Pacific Islands
On View: Lobby annex, 1st floor
Wood, pāua shell
13 1/2 x 35 1/8 x 1 7/8 in. (34.3 x 89.2 x 4.8 cm) (show scale)
"IX" has been carved in the back of the head of the central figure; "61.126" occurs twice, once in ink and once in pencil.
Frank L. Babbott Fund and Carll H. de Silver Fund
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Maori. Door lintel (Pare or Korupe), ca. 1850. Wood, pāua shell, 13 1/2 x 35 1/8 x 1 7/8 in. (34.3 x 89.2 x 4.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frank L. Babbott Fund and Carll H. de Silver Fund, 61.126. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 61.126_PS9.jpg)
overall, 61.126_PS9.jpg., 2019
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Maori wood carving of a Korupe or Pare (window or door lintel). The central figure is a female with clasped hands, short legs and a typical grotesque face ornamented with green shell eyes. To either side the wood is carved into nonsymmetrical small swirls etc and two larger manaia figures. The bottom section appears to depict a platform where there is little openwork. The object is carved on the back as well, and there is partial finished detail on the back. There is no presence of a surface coating and the object is not painted.
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