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Record Type: Movable Work
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Ahu parau (chest apron) (objects, religious; Unknown; 1700s; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Welling...; FE000336/1)
Note: These items are part of the costume worn by the Chief Mourner in a Society Islands ritual, which fascinated the European observers on the Pacific voyages of eighteenth-century English explorer James Cook. The costumes and the ceremony were described in a journal kept by naturalist Joseph Banks during Cook's first voyage (1768-1771), when he actually took part in the ritual. The visitors were unable to acquire any examples of the costume on the first voyage; however, parts of at least ten were taken to England on the second voyage (1772-1775). The pieces depicted here were probably collected at that time. They are thought to have been given by Joseph Banks to William Bullock, and are part of the collection purchased by Charles Winn at the sale of Bullock's Museum in 1819.
Ahu parau (chest apron) (preferred,C,U,RP,English-P,U,U)
Catalog Level: item
Work Types:
objects, religious [300234098] (preferred)
..... (Objects Facet, Object Genres (hierarchy name), object genres (object classifications), <object genres by function>, ceremonial objects)

costume / clothing (preferred)

Creation Date: 1700s

Creator Display:
Unknown [preferred,VP]
craftsmen unknown (unknown cultural designation) [500125274]
Creation: Société, Îles de la [7006218] French Polynesia (dependent state), Oceania (continent), World (facet) (Geographic)
Current: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand) [500311561] Corporate Bodies (Corp. Body)
Repository Numbers: FE000336/1
Credit Line: Gift of Lord St Oswald, 1912
Display Materials: pearl shell, plant fibre
shell (animal material) [300011829]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (hierarchy name), materials (substances), <materials by composition>, combination inorganic/organic material, combination inorganic/organic animal material, <shell and shell material>)
plant fiber [300014031]
.......(Materials Facet, Materials (hierarchy name), materials (substances), <materials by form>, <materials by physical form>, <fiber and fiber by product>, fiber, natural fiber)

Dimensions: Overall: 560 (length) x 910 (width) mm
Society Islands (Society Islander) (preferred)

General Subject:
apparel (preferred)

Specific Subjects:
ritual (event) [300065284]
.....(Activities Facet, Events (hierarchy name), events (activities), cultural events) (AAT)

List/Hierarchical Position:
..... Movable Works
Sources and Contributors:
Ahu parau (chest apron)........ [VP]
........ Te Papa online (2000-); accessed 20 August 2012
........ Te Papa spreadsheet (2012)
Subject: ....... [VP]
English ..... [VP]
..... Te Papa online (2000-); accessed 20 August 2012
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