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Object / Artefact › Applied Arts and Design
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  • Description
    statue in plaster model of a Maori Chief as on the summit of One Tree Hill (or Maungakiekie in Māori)
  • Place
  • Other Number
    2047, 1997X1.57
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  • Item count
  • Record richness


  • Credit
    gift Mrs E E Ranby to One Tree Hill Borough Council, 1983 presented by One Tree Hill Borough Council, 1989 to Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1997x1.57
  • Notes
    Label on plinth: "This plaster statuette is the original model of the bronze statue erected on the monument at the summit of One Tree hill.
    Designed by Mr R Atkinson Abbott and modelled by Mr RO Gross, the model was shipped to Singer of Britain for casting the bronze. This was returned in a rough state. Final polishing was done by Mr Ran by.
    The model, lost for over 40 years was discovered in 1983 by Mrs EE Ranby who presented ti to the One Tree Hill Domain Board.
    The figure represents a Maori chief gazing northwards over the lands of the people descended from the Tainui canoe."
  • Person
  • Place
  • Subject category
  • Production
    R Atkinson Abbott (designer)
    Richard Gross (sculptor)
    R Ranby (assistant)
    Singer (iron foundry)
    New Zealand
    Auckland City
    Circa 1940
    George VI (1936 - 1952), House of Windsor, English reign
  • Consists of
  • Dimensions
    0 - Whole height : 820mm
    (Case is 1045mm high and 300 x 240mm (WD) at top, 350 x 283mm(WD at base but juts out to 370 at the front with a plaque. So the base foot print is actually 350 x 370mm (WD). The figure inside is about 820mm tall.)
  • Classification
  • Record created
    6 July 1998

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