Oceanic Collection

Detail of face and body of Standing Ancestor Figure who also has arm tattoos and spirals for joints.
Standing Ancestor Figure
Standing Ancestor Figure
Detail of face and body of Standing Ancestor Figure who also has arm tattoos and spirals for joints.

Standing Ancestor Figure

New Zealand, Maori culture, possibly Rongowhakaata people
Te Huringa period I (1800–1900)
c. 1800–1840
Wood
17 5/8 x 5 3/16 x 4 7/16 in. (44.8 x 13.2 x 11.2 cm)
AP 1989.04
The Maori tribes of New Zealand excelled in the decoration of their timber buildings with elaborate relief carvings and sculptures.