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  • Other Name

    Ceremonial Scoop (English)

  • Description

    Ahu. Carved ceremonial Ceremonial Scoop. This long-handled Ahu (scoop or Ceremonial Scoop) is carved from ra'au (hardwood). The bowl is deep, curved and narrow in shape. Significan cracking appears in the bowl. The to'o (shaft) is long and slender, square in section. The to'o flares out towards the butt which is carved into twelve stylised ti'i (ancestral human figures) arranged concentrically.

    The surface of the Ahu is finely carved in light relief, arranged in bands of geometric patterns. A carved feature of a stylised ti'i (ancetral human form) is carved at the apex of the bowl in a manner much like the figurehead of a boat hull. The Ahu is dark reddish brown in colour with patina.

  • Place
  • Accession Number
  • Accession Date
    04 Jul 1950
  • Other Id

    31815 (ethnology)

    456a (Oldman Collection)

  • Department
bailer, 1950.128, 31815, 456a, Photographed by Richard Ng,… … Read more

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