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Keveke

ArtistUnknown artist
Mediumwood, pigment, plant fibres, feathers
Size1900 x 500 x 360 mm
ClassificationSculpture
DepartmentInternational Art
Subjectsmasks (costume), artifacts
Accession DateJul 1988
Accession NoC1994/1/290
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1988

Description

Keveke refers to the fact that plant fibre and feathers surround this mask. Ancestor boards such as these are also known as kwoi, because they function as portraits of a guardian’s spirit. Their anthropometric form is both celebratory and intimidating. It is possible that the shield derives from the Wapo Creek area, in the central Gulf of Papua. (Te Moananui a Kiwa)

Chartwell Notes

Please note: We have been unable to obtain direct approval for this image but we acknowledge the original maker. if the copyright owner is able to contact us, we will immediately respond. Regards Chartwell

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