Volume 52 1943 > Memoirs > No 22. The Oldman collection additional Polynesian and other artifacts, p 1-2
Memoir No 22.
Supplement to the Journal of the Polynesian Society.
THE OLDMAN COLLECTION ADDITIONAL POLYNESIAN AND OTHER ARTIFACTS
(The Maori and Polynesian Artifacts, Memoirs 14 and 15, have already been published.)
INSTALMENT No. 1.
74 Preserved head of a Maori Chief, finely carved with post-mortem work; that on the nose and over eyes is very fine; behind the right ear a lizard has been cut; remarkably fine and perfect set of teeth; eyes filled with a black gum; hair has been cut short on the forehead; very long slightly wavy ringlets at back. A perfect example showing how the Maori warrior (rangatira) used to wear his hair.
The interior of skull is considerably worn and polished with handling.
(Ten tattooed heads have been published in Memoir 14. Another will be published later.)
1039 Bugle-flute (putorino) nut-brown wood, much worn and polished; finely carved with three masks; the two at each end are in high relief; eyes of two are inlaid with shell. The two end-masks have raised carved bands at back and the centre mask has a raised band above head. These bands appear to indicate fastenings for a mask to keep it in position in front of face? A hole pierced in smaller end. Length, 22¾ins. New Zealand.
1052 Whistle (nguru) brown nut-like wood, four finger holes, also another is plugged with whale-tooth; two of the holes are slightly raised and inlaid with rings of shell, also shell-eyes each side at top. Exceptionally finely carved all over with thigh-pattern (puhoro) designs and a large female figure in front. Much worn with age. Length, 5ins. New Zealand.
59 Chief's Staff (taiaha) carved and pierced tongue. Detail of head see New Zealand Memoir Plate 59.- 2
1040 Object, dark wood, boldly carved, large mask at end with pierced open mouth, eyes inlaid with serrated shell. The shaft is formed as a highly conventionalized standing figure terminating with a head (broken) at top. The sides are roughly recessed with a large square hole in centre. Very old. Length, 9½ins. Mask, 3¾ by 4¾ins. high. New Zealand.
Note—The use of this object is unknown to me. Similar to Nos. 170, 339 and 635, plates 57, 58, N.Z. Memoir.
Ex. Collection of the late Mrs. Spencer Gollan, Audley House, London.
1035 Figure, hard brown wood; the head is finely carved with great detail and is very old, but the body and limbs have been crudely carved at a much later date; the hands have five fingers, but even this work is not modern. The back is plain and shows the same old surface as the head. Height, 11¼ins.; width, 3¼ins. New Zealand.
1056 Digging-stick Step (hamaruru or teka) hard heavy black wood, male figure with face partly tattooed, large three-fingered hands clasping body; the head is powerfully carved. Much worn and of great age. Length, 7¼ins.; width, 3ins. New Zealand.
1053 Digging-stick Step (hamaruru or teka) brown wood; the rare form of figure is atua-shaped with a curved body and a slightly domed head. The front of body is carved with thigh-tattooing designs (puhoro). Much worn and highly polished. Length, 8½ins.; width, 1⅞ins. New Zealand.
1037 Weapon of unique form made by mounting an old whaling harpoon-head in a haft of heavy dark red wood; the upper portion is intricately carved and a mask and a complete figure are on the back. Butt is carved with a mask. Square hole for a wrist-cord. Length, 14¼ins.; across head, 7ins.; weight, 2lbs. 1½ozs. New Zealand.- i - ii - iii - iv - v - vi - vii
“The Origin of the Oceanic Languages”—Owing to uncertainty and irregularity of overseas mails it was impossible to issue this slip with the article in the June Journal.
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