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human history
  • Other Name

    moai tangata moko

  • Description

    carved figure. human/lizard hybrid. obsidian and bone inlay.

    '"Domestic" idol of Toro-wood (Edwardsii, a species of Mimosa), representing the human form combined with that of a lizard. These figures were hidden in niches or suspended from the ridge pole of their houses, but were never worshipped.' cf. J. Ethnos: S (N.S.) iii p. 371. P.R.G.S. xl p180. Barclay, J.R.G.S.. (Aust:) S.A. April 1898. Palmer, Litt: & Phil: Soc: L'pool Feb. 1875 & March 1876. "Album" Pl 2. No.5.' [EP catalogue in Ethnology library]

  • Place
  • Accession Date
  • Other Id

    14554 (ethnology)

    G5 (Edge-Partington)

    13652 (Asset Register)

  • Department
  • Display Room
figure; 14554

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