PIPE carved with three Wheku Maori Culture, New Zealand 19th century

19th century
Tribal Art
From: 93400, Saint-Ouen, France

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    PIPE carved with three Wheku
    Maori culture, New Zealand
    nineteenth century
    Wood, haliotis, amber and metal
    H .: 5 cm; Long. : About 17 cm

    The wooden hearth is carved with two Wheku seen from the front, mouths open and tongues out. Their foreheads are marked with pronounced eyebrow arches underlined with incised lines reminiscent of traditional facial tattoos. Their eyes are encrusted with small round abalone pellets.
    The wooden rod is incised with a stylized lizard or iguana on the upper part while the lower part is occupied by the stretched tongue of the central figure, engraved with the following words: "KIA.ORA" on a checkerboard background.
    The panties support a gilt metal ring hallmarked and marked "Christeson"
    The pipe is straight, probably in black bakelite separated by a gilt metal ring, also hallmarked. This is most likely a later replacement of the original hose.

    As opposed to Tiki, the Wheku is a sculpted representation of the face. Most of the time it was that of an ancestor, a Tipuna.

    Ref: K1JPRU7NJH

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