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ID: 700001757Record Type: Movable Work
Images: 1
Canoe prow (prow ornament; Unknown; undetermined; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Welling...; registration number: OL000748)
Note: This unique and enigmatic sculpture is one of the treasures of the Oldman Collection. Oldman attributed the scuplture to Kaniet, a small island north of Papua New Guinea.The sculptureis generally thought to be a canoe carving, thougheven the correct orientation of the sculpture is in doubt. It is usually depicted as it is shown here, with what appears to be a central human head facing slightly upwards. When it is rotated 90 degrees, a shape that might be a seabird becomes more prominent. There is a groove along one edge, which has apparently enabled the sculpture to be glued or lashed to another piece of wood: this supports Oldman's theory that it was a part of a canoe prow.
Titles:
Canoe prow (preferred,C,U,RP,undetermined,U,U)
Catalog Level: item
Work Types:
prow ornament [300265068] (preferred)
..... (Objects Facet, Visual and Verbal Communication (Hierarchy Name), Visual Works (Hierarchy Name), visual works (works), <visual works by material or technique>, sculpture (visual work), <sculpture by location or context>)

Classifications:
vehicles / automotive (preferred)

Creation Date: undetermined

Creator Display:
Unknown [preferred,VP]
carver unknown (unknown cultural designation) [500125274]
Locations:
Current: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Wellington region, North Island, Oceania) [500311561] Corporate Bodies (Corp. Body)
Repository Numbers: registration number: OL000748
Credit Line: Oldman Collection. Gift of the New Zealand Government, 1992
Creation: Kaniet Islands [1010067] Manus province (province), Papua New Guinea (nation), Oceania (continent), World (facet) (Geographic)
Display Materials: wood
wood (plant material) [300011914]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (Hierarchy Name), materials (matter), <materials by origin>, biological material, plant material, <wood and wood products>)

Dimensions: Overall: 465 (Height) x 255 (Width) mm
General Subject:
human figure(s) (preferred )
animal

Specific Subjects:
head (representation) [300262520]
.....(Objects Facet, Visual and Verbal Communication (Hierarchy Name), Visual Works (Hierarchy Name), visual works (works), <visual works by subject type>, figures (representations)) (AAT)
human (species) [300265711]
.....(Agents Facet, Living Organisms (Hierarchy Name), living organisms (entities), Eukaryota (domain), Animalia (kingdom), Chordata (phylum), Vertebrata (subphylum), Mammalia (class), Primates (order), Hominoidea (superfamily), Hominidae (family), Homo (genus)) (AAT)
bird (animal) [300266506]
.....(Agents Facet, Living Organisms (Hierarchy Name), living organisms (entities), Eukaryota (domain), Animalia (kingdom), Chordata (phylum), Vertebrata (subphylum)) (AAT)

List/Hierarchical Position:
..... Top of the CONA hierarchy
.......... Movable Work
Sources and Contributors:
Canoe prow........ [VP]
........ Te Papa spreadsheet (2012)
........ Te Papa online (2000-) http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/ObjectDetails.aspx?oid=133750; accessed 16 August 2912
Subject: ....... [VP]
Note:
English ..... [VP]
..... Te Papa online (2000-) accessed 16 August 2012
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