New Zealand, the openwork panel carved with five standing tikis with angled eyes and broad thighs, flanked by sinuous manaia figures. height 6in, length 40in
Provenance: Mark Lissauer
This lintel, almost certainly from a pataka is similar in style to one in the Auckland Museum by Haere Huka, of the Ngati Whakaue sub-group in Rotarua area, which is dated to the mid 19th century. The unusual surface of this example was likely caused by its being covered in pitch for protection against the elements, and thence in a circumstance such as a fire, which would cause the characteristic heat blistering evident on the surface.