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Door lintel (Pare or Korupe)

Arts of the Pacific Islands

CULTURE Maori
MEDIUM Wood, paua shell
DATES ca. 1850
DIMENSIONS 13 1/2 x 35 1/8 x 1 7/8 in. (34.3 x 89.2 x 4.8 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 61.126
CREDIT LINE Frank L. Babbott Fund and Carll H. de Silver Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION 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
IMAGE overall, 61.126_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (75%)
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