Door lintel (Pare or Korupe)
Arts of the Pacific Islands
Wood, paua shell
13 1/2 x 35 1/8 x 1 7/8 in. (34.3 x 89.2 x 4.8 cm) (show scale)
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Frank L. Babbott Fund and Carll H. de Silver Fund
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Maori. Door lintel (Pare or Korupe), ca. 1850. Wood, paua 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: Brooklyn Museum, 61.126_SL1.jpg)
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Maori wood carving of a Karupe or Pare (door lintel) with only one figure instead of the usual three. 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 figures, one resembling a serpent. 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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