285. MAORI CARVED WOOD TREASURE BOX
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MAORI FEATHER BOX. OCEANIC /POLYNESIA
MAORI TRIBE NEW ZEALAND. 130+ YRS OLD
CARVED WOODEN FIGURE WITH LARGE BOX EXTENDING FROM HIS MOUTH. MADE
TO PUT CEREMONIAL FEATHERS WHICH REPRESENT THE FOOD STORE OF THE TRIBE.
EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF INTRINSIC MAORI CURRICULAM CARVING STYLE
A possible Maori treasure box, historically used to store feathers, jade and other precious materials. The seated figure with abalone shell eyes and head covered in curvilinear patterns, the box held up to the mouth also similarly decorated.
H:7 1/2in(19cm) W:7 1/2in(19cm)