A FINE MAORI TREASURE BOX
Provenance: Aaron Goode, England, Sandor Lubbe, Amsterdam
Personal ornaments are important objects in Maori culture. Often worn on the head, the most sacred part of the body, these absorb the supernatural power (mana) of their wearers and are carefully handled when not in use. To contain ornaments and other valuable objects, carvers formerly fashioned treasure boxes that were hung from the rafters of houses to keep their precious and powerful contents out of reach. As the boxes were often seen from below, their undersides were also extensively carved.
Maori, New Zealand
Wood, beginning of 20th century. 43 x 8 cm. Nice patina of use.