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ID: 700001740
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Record Type: Movable Work
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Koruru (gable mask) (koruru; Unknown; 1800; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Welling...; OL000144)
Note: This large, figuratively decorated koruru or parata (gable mask) was carved with metal chisels, probably in the mid to late 19th century. The proportions of the face are exaggerated, with a large, pronounced forehead, broad nose, expansive eyelids over small ovoid eyes, and tiny ears. The mouth suggests a smile and the expression is that of a young, male face. Part of his moko (Maori customary tattoo) above the top lip is incomplete or missing. This koruru is unusualbecause it is carved figuratively. There is a generally accepted convention that customary carving on whare tupuna were usually abstract representations. This particular koruru breaks with that custom.
Koruru (gable mask) (preferred,C,U,RP,English-P,U,U)
Catalog Level: item
Work Types:
Term Not Found (AAT Candidate) (preferred)

sculptures (preferred)

Creation Date: 1800

Creator Display:
Unknown [preferred,VP]
carver unknown (unknown cultural designation) [500125274]
Creation: New Zealand [1000226] Oceania (continent), World (facet) (Geographic)
Current: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand) [500311561] Corporate Bodies (Corp. Body)
Repository Numbers: OL000144
Credit Line: Oldman Collection. Gift of the New Zealand Government, 1992
Display Materials: wood
wood (plant material) [300011914]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (hierarchy name), materials (substances), <materials by origin>, biological material, plant material, <wood and wood by product>)
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: 540 (height) x 400 (width) x 230 (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:
Koruru (gable mask)........ [VP]
........ Te Papa online (2000-); accessed 15 August 2012
........ Te Papa spreadsheet (2012)
Subject: ....... [VP]
English ..... [VP]
..... Te Papa online (2000-) accessed 15 August 2012
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