Maori Oceanic Tribal Art

Nicholas Wells Antiques boasts a remarkable collection of Maori tribal art, which is sure to captivate any collector. The collection includes a variety of rare 18th-century oceanic and Maori works of art, such as the Waka Huia Treasure Box, original photographs of great Maori chiefs, and a Poutokomanawa Ancestor Figure Meeting House Head Post.

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The Waka Huia Treasure Box is a stunning example of Maori craftsmanship, traditionally used to store precious items. The box is intricately carved with intricate designs and features a sliding lid that opens to reveal a compartment. It is truly a masterpiece of Maori art imbued with great symbolism and cultural significance.

The collection also includes 19th-century photographs by Elizabeth Pulman of great Maori chiefs, Anehana,  Te Ritimana and Tohunga, as well as others that offer a glimpse into the rich history and culture of the Maori people. These photographs are a testament to the opportunity and interest to document these tribal people within a rapidly changing world, Pulman was able to capture the essence of their subjects in a way that is both powerful and moving.

Finally, the Poutokomanawa Ancestor Figure Meeting House Head Post is another highlight of the collection. This beautifully carved wooden post was traditionally used as a spiritual figure decorating the roof of a Maori meeting house and features intricate designs that are rich in symbolism and meaning.

Overall, the collection of Maori tribal art at Nicholas Wells Antiques is truly phenomenal and is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who has the opportunity to view it.


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