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DH TEST RECORD - Publications

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  • Other Name

    Sculpture and design (alternative)

    Collected writings by Gilbert Archey (series name)

  • Description

    CatAbstract: "Although this booklet purports to be "an outline of Maori art", it does not by any means cover all forms of Maori expression. Neglecting legend and chant, dancing, plaited textiles and painted scrolls, it limits itself to the art of wood-carving, and justification for the somewhat comprehensive sub-title appears only in the manner of approach to the subject.

    I have previously written on: Maori Carving Patterns[1] discussing their place of origin and relationship - an ethnographical matter; here I invite you to consider Maori wood-carving as art. If it is an art we should expect to be able to recognize in it the influences that have borne upon the artist and the qualities that he aimed to achieve. We could note how he has observed natural objects, how he has chosen his material, with what skill he has won his purpose through it and with what discernment he has sensed the form value of a line, a curve or a surface. These are some of the qualities that constitute aesthetic essence, and by waiting upon them, by as it were looking at the individual craftsman in action and watching his themes unfold, we shall the better comprehend the art in his work; moreover, in contemplating its achievement as art we may even reach a truer understanding of the origin of its forms than through comparing and classifying the details of its patterns."

  • Place
  • Other Id

    GN672.6.A7 ARC







    GN672.6.A7 ARC



  • Department

Images and documents


  • Object Type
  • Name/Title
    DH TEST RECORD - Publications
    Sculpture and design : an outline of Maori art
  • Other Name

    Sculpture and design (alternative)

    Collected writings by Gilbert Archey (series name)

  • Primary Maker
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  • Date
  • Production date notes
    CatSerFrequency: Monthly
    CatSerIssuesPerVol: 4 issues per volume
  • Physical Description

    28 pages, viii pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

  • Serial Holdings
    Field name = Serial Holdings:
    CatSerHoldings: Vol.1 (2010)-
    CatSerSpecialIssues: Vol. 2, No. 4, special "Art" edition
  • Language
  • Collection
  • Edition/State/Version
    2nd edition
  • Subject Category
  • Provenance Details
    Margaret M. Dunningham Collection. No. O/13-14 (copies 123859 and 123860)
  • Content
    CatContent: Volume 1|Introduction etc.
  • Public Access Text

    CatNotes: First edition 1955.|"Handbook of the Auckland War Memorial Museum."

    Keywords: Museums; Carving; Whakairo

  • Associated Notes




  • Subject Notes
    CatBioNotes: Sir Gilbert Edward Archey CBE FRSNZ (9 August 1890 – 20 October 1974) was a New Zealand zoologist, ethnologist, World War I officer, and museum director. He wrote one of the major works on the moa, based on his own field work and collection. He also published numerous articles and described many new animal species.After a period teaching at Nelson College, Archey was Assistant Curator of the Canterbury Museum from 1914 to 1923, where he studied and published papers on numerous New Zealand fauna. He particularly worked on New Zealand moa, Dinornithiformes, extinct macroflauna birds. He was then appointed Director of the Auckland Institute and Museum in 1924, and was personally responsible for getting funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York in 1935.
  • Collection Type
    Botany Library
  • Copyright
    All rights reserved
  • Last Update
    03 Apr 2023
  • Language Description
  • Volume Number
    Rename to Volume Number
    ItemVolume: Volume 11
  • Production Notes
    CatSerFrequency: Monthly
    CatSerIssuesPerVol: 4 issues per volume
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