Maori Staff, New Zealand, attributed to Tene Waitere (1853-1931)

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Lot 120
Maori Staff, New Zealand, attributed to Tene Waitere (1853-1931)

Sold for US$ 2,375 inc. premium
Maori Staff, New Zealand, attributed to Tene Waitere (1853-1931)
tewhatewha
Rimu wood (Dacrydium cupressinum), paua shell
length 49 3/4in (126.5cm)

Each side of the blade with a carved tiki head with inlaid paua shell eyes; fine, honey-brown patina with areas of erosion to one side.

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Hawaii

"Tene Waitere was one of the greatest Maori carvers of the colonial period. He acquired his skills in a customary manner, and had a profound knowledge of carving traditions, but worked in a new world, in the decades following the New Zealand wars, that had seen Maori ways of life profoundly and permanently changed. Waitere was the first Ngati Tarawhai artist to produce a major corpus of material for European clients. He carved also for his whanau, his iwi, and for other Maori, but he made many important works, ranging from small pieces such as walking sticks to full-scale carved houses for individual tourists and other whites such as ethnologists, collectors, and hotel owners." (Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, WEB, 2015)
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