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Roof Spire

Object Number:2003-32-14
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Kanak
Provenience: New Caledonia
Grande Terre
Date Made: Before 1900
Early Date: 1850
Late Date: 1900
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Wood
Pigment
Technique:Carved
Painted
Height: 132.5 cm
Credit Line:Gift of the Philadelphia Commercial Museum (also known as the Philadelphia Civic Center Museum), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2003
Other Number:1993.X.1597 - Other Number
L-552-2 - Other Number

Description

Roof spire. Wood, painted red and black. At center a carved face with hooked nose, flanked on each side by five lateral spikes. Below face, a round disc with red-outlined lozenge, tapering to pointed stake at bottom. Above face, another disc with red-outlined lozenge. Such spires surmounted the conical thatched roofs of New Caledonian chief's houses. Exhibited at l'Exposition universelle de Paris 1900.

Bibliography:

[Article] Davenport, William H. 1964. "Sculpture from La Grande Terre". Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 7. no. 1. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 14 (bottom, third from left)View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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