17 December 2007

Museum Collection - Carvings

This unique carving from Mangaia called "Rangi: The Master of Tranquility" is part of the famous British collector William Oldman's collection, most of which was acquired by the NZ Government in 1947.
The carving, which is constructed from coconut wood, was returned to the Cook Islands in 1988.

What is unusual about it is the fact it is a slit gong (pate in Maori), but it could never be used as a drum as coconut wood is too fragile.

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