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Record Type: Movable Work
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Upoko whakairo (carved head) (carving (visual work); Unknown; ca. 1800; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Welling...; OL000628)
Note: It appears that thisupoko whakairo (carved head) was once mounted onto a base for a waka huia (treasure box) by a keen collector (see this object below). It is unknown when this occurred or when the two objects were eventually separated. The upoko whakairo's eyes are missing paua (New Zealand abalone) shell inlay, suggesting closed eyes. The face has a full moko (customary Maori tattoo), with notable exceptions - one half of the titi (the forehead markings) is missing, as well as the hupe (the cleft from the nose to the upper lip). The kauae (chin) is also relatively uncarved. There are three fragments of mother-of-pearl shell fixed in the mouth cavity to imitate teeth.
Upoko whakairo (carved head) (preferred,C,U,RP,English-P,U,U)
Catalog Level: item
Work Types:
carving (visual work) [300047203] (preferred)
..... (Objects Facet, Visual and Verbal Communication (hierarchy name), Visual Works (hierarchy name), visual works (works), <visual works by material or technique>, sculpture (visual works), <sculpture by technique>)

sculptures (preferred)

Creation Date: ca. 1800

Creator Display:
Unknown [preferred,VP]
carver unknown (unknown cultural designation) [500125274]
Current: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand) [500311561] Corporate Bodies (Corp. Body)
Repository Numbers: OL000628
Credit Line: Oldman Collection. Gift of the New Zealand Government, 1992
Creation: New Zealand [1000226] Oceania (continent), World (facet) (Geographic)
Display Materials: wood, mother of pearl
wood (plant material) [300011914]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (hierarchy name), materials (substances), <materials by origin>, biological material, plant material, <wood and wood by product>)
mother of pearl [300011835]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (hierarchy name), materials (substances), <materials by composition>, combination inorganic/organic material, combination inorganic/organic animal material, <shell and shell material>)
carving (processes) [300053149]
.......(Activities Facet, Processes and Techniques (hierarchy name), <processes and techniques by specific type>, <subtractive processes and techniques>, <carving and carving techniques>)

Dimensions: Overall: 145 (length) x 93.68 (width) x 60.92 (depth) mm
General Subject:
human figures (preferred)

Specific Subjects:
head (animal or human component) [300375054]
.....(Objects Facet, Components (hierarchy name), components (objects parts), <components by specific context>, biological components, animal components) (AAT)

List/Hierarchical Position:
..... Movable Works
Sources and Contributors:
Upoko whakairo (carved head)........ [VP]
........ Te Papa online (2000-); accessed 15 August 2012
........ Te Papa spreadsheet (2012) accessed 15 August 2012
Subject: ....... [VP]
English ..... [VP]
..... Te Papa online (2000-) accessed 15 August 2012
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