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African & Oceanic Art / Maori Gable Mask, New Zealand

Lot 20
Maori Gable Mask, New Zealand
27 April 2022, 10:00 EDT
New York

Sold for US$25,500 inc. premium

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Maori Gable Mask, New Zealand

koruru
Dark brown wood red pigment, paua shell eyes
Height 12 1/2in (31.5cm)

Provenance
Angus James Braggins (b. 1867), Auckland
According to family records, Angus Braggins was born in Auckland in 1867 and some time later came to Great Britain with this gable mask, married and had two children. One of whom, George, inherited and passed his property, including this mask, to his son Don Braggins (1941-2011), and hence by decent to the present owner.

Probably a finial mask from the gable-peak of a house or storage house from the late 19th century, in the style of the East Coast, closely related to northern part of the North Island.

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