- Ko Tawa : Maori treasures of New Zealand / Paul Tapsell ; photography, Krzysztof Pfeiffer ; contributing essays from Ron Crosby, Jade Baker, Roger Neich, Merata Kawharu
GN672.6.A7 TAP (Call Number)
Parallel text in English and Maori
- "In his lifetime Captain Gilbert Mair (1843 -1923) was presented with many taonga - ancestral treasures - by Maori communities throughout the North Island. Mair, also known as Tawa, accepted these taonga, understanding the obligations they represented, dedicating his later life to assisting Maori to overcome the effects of colonisation. Ko Tawa celebrates the taonga passed into Mair's keeping, which today is integral to Auckland Museum Maori Collection, and is at the heart of the Museum's Matariki celebrations.
- Having grown up amongst Maori, Mair understood the importance of receiving such gifts. Unlike other collectors of the time he ensured the associated narratives remained attached to the taonga after he passed them into the safe- keeping of Auckland Museum in 1890. This collection stands out from any other Maori art collection in the world because the narratives associated with the taonga at the time of presentation have survived." - abridged from exhibition notes.
192 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm. + slipcase.
Ko Tawa : Maori treasures of New Zealand
- Includes index.
- Catalogue of the exhibition held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, June-August 2005, and Pataka Porirua Museum of Arts & Cultures until May 2006.
- At head of title: The Gilbert Mair Collection, Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira.
- Slipcased limited edition is numbered 35/247.
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